Deciding on the most suitable school is a very important decision. You should think of it thoroughly, since this choice will determine your future livelihood.
The rankings allow the prospective enrollees to compare things like graduation rates, freshman retention rates, quality of the faculty as well as college tuition and size of the classes.
If you compare several colleges – you can decide what criteria are the most meaningful in your case.
U.S. News & World Report Rankings should be viewed as part of the overall university choosing process, together with other ranking sites and your own college trips.
So how exactly does US News Rating work? Well the approach is pretty complicated – it integrates a number of aspects of college experience. As it is stated on their web page, the ranking formula is based on both opinions of the educational experts along with their own analysis.
US News and World Report Rating divides the colleges into 4 categories- Regional Colleges, National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges and Regional Universities.
In order to make a sensible review, each university ranking is based on 16 unique criteria.
Due to various motives not all the educational facilities in the US News website are rated.
In 2012, the U.S. News & World Report Listings contained information on 1391 schools . The compiled stats on schools is collected from many sources like Council for Aid to Education, National Collegiate Athletic Association and U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. These resources are used when the college itself declines or doesn’t present the stats itself.
The criteria that is used in US News Ratings –
Undergraduate academic reputation (22,5 or 25 %, depending on whether the school is National or Regional)
Retention rate (20% or 25%, depending on whether the school is National or Regional)
Faculty Resources (20%). This contains information about size of the classes, faculty salary, student-faculty ratio and portion of the faculty that are full time.