U.S. News & World Report College Rankings are Now Available

Posted to Data Sources  |  Nathan Yau

The well-known college rankings are now available for your viewing pleasure. Whether the ranking system is legit or not, I’ll let you be the judge, but I think everyone should take note that UC Berkeley was again the number one ranked public national university and UCLA was ranked number three. Go Calee-forn-ee-ah! In a nutshell, here’s what U.S. News ranks the universities:

  • Peer Assessment – 25%
  • Retention – 20% in national universities and liberal arts colleges and 25% in master’s and baccalaureate colleges
  • Faculty Resources – 20%
  • Student Selectivity – 15%
  • Financial Resources – 10%
  • Graduate Rate Performance – 5%; only in national universities and liberal arts colleges
  • Alumni giving rate 5%

I wonder how much bias is in peer assessment.

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