Where Can I Find Undergraduate School Rankings?

Do you want to find a college that's a good match for you, but aren't sure where to start looking? Several organizations and publications compile rankings of undergraduate schools that can help you make a decision. Schools are often ranked by their academics, student diversity and financial aid offerings.

Undergraduate School Rankings Defined

While undergraduate school rankings are often available in a print format, you will likely be able to find the information you're looking for online. When looking at undergraduate school rankings, you'll want to ensure that the organization conducting the rankings is reputable and professional. It is also a good idea to take a moment to figure out the methodology and ranking system the organization used to create its rankings list.

Important Facts About Undergraduate Schools

Common Courses English, humanities, fine arts, social sciences, behavioral sciences
Concentrations English, sociology, psychology, accounting, finance, anthropology, environmental science, geosciences, health sciences, nursing, international business
Online Availability Fully
Possible Careers Technical writer, graphic designer, archivist, budget analyst, computer programmer, editor, translator, financial analyst, art director, logistician

Academic Rankings

If you're searching for undergraduate school academic rankings, you can find several relevant websites and magazines. U.S. News and World Report measures factors like students' average scores on entrance exams and the percentage of applicants admitted into the school (www.usnews.com). The Princeton Review relies on student surveys to rank undergraduate institutions (www.princetonreview.com). Community College Week ranks associate degree and certificate programs based on the number of people who graduate from an associate degree program or earn a professional certificate from the school each year (www.ccweek.com).

Diversity Rankings

Many undergraduate school ranking systems that track schools' ethnic or economic diversity are available in print or on the Internet. Black Enterprise magazine presents a yearly list of the top schools for African-American students (www.blackenterprise.com). Community College Week notes how many graduates of each school come from different ethnic backgrounds. U.S. News and World Report names the schools that have the most economic and ethnic diversity. The Princeton Review ranks schools in order of the most interaction between students of different racial or economic groups.

Financial Rankings

U.S. News and World Report has a rating system that takes into account the percentage of students who receive need-based financial aid and the total discount percentage of these grants. The Princeton Review surveys students and faculty, and incorporates factors other than tuition, such as cost of living in the area, to determine which schools have the best value. You can access either print or electronic formats of these rankings.

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