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Education and Career Reference Sources: A Guide: Ratings
& Rankings

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Rankings & Ratings

  • America's Best Colleges. Washington: U.S. News and World Report, 1988- .
    (Uris Ref LB 2331.63 .A51; earlier years in Olin stacks)

    This report by the editors and reporters of U.S. News and World Report ranks 1400 colleges and universities according to a survey completed by college presidents and deans who rated similar institutions: (national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, regional liberal arts colleges, and specialized institutions). The methodology used in the ranking is also included in the report. The rankings are based on: reputation, student admissions, faculty and financial resources, graduation rates and alumni satisfaction. Includes a directory of colleges and universities and news articles covering college admissions, costs, and profiles of current students.

  • Best Graduate Schools [formerly America's Best Graduate Schools]. Washington: U.S. News and World Report, 1994- .
    (Olin Ref L 901 .A546+ (shelved at the Olin reference desk; earlier years in Olin stacks)

    An annual report that ranks major graduate school programs in the U.S. Additional article highlighting specific disciplines varies from year to year.

  • The Best Kind of College: An Insiders' Guide to America's Small Liberal Arts Colleges. Edited by Susan McWilliams and John E. Seery. Albany: State University of New York Press, [2015].
    (Olin Stacks LB 2328.32 .U6 B47 2015)

    Rather than a reference guide to individual institutions, this is a thoughtful collection of essays on the nature of a liberal arts education from inside those colleges.

  • College Results Online. [Washington]: The Education Trust, 2005- .

    This excellent web site "examines overall graduation rates and see how those rates have changed over time." Contains comparative and individual institutional data on college and university graduate rates overall and for diverse groups of students. Comparisons of the graduation rates of similar institutions -- colleges and universities that share many characteristics and serve similar student populations--are available. Colleges and universities are required by law to collect this information.

  • Educational Rankings Annual. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991-2006.
    (Olin Stacks LB 2331.63 .E24)

    Annotated citations to thousands of sources that rank institutions of higher education according to admissions selectivity, alumni achievement, test scores, tuition rates, faculty publications and salaries, as well as other topics regarding the the potential quality of education. Ceased publication in 2006.

  • Insiders' Guide to the Colleges. New York: St. Martin's, 1970- .
    (Uris Ref L 901 .I59)

    Compiled and edited by the staff of The Yale Daily News, this guide is "the inside story from students at colleges coast-to-coast." Two-page highly subjective narrative descriptions of over 280 colleges and universities dominate the guide; inclusion was based on academic quality first and then on size of the school (the size emphasized in the most recent edition is the large university). Also included are chapters on the interview and application process, on trade-offs to consider when selecting a school and an essay on education trends in the Eighties. Uris has most recent edition.

  • Peterson's 440 Colleges for Top Students. [Formerly Peterson's Competitive Colleges] Lawrenceville, NJ: Thomson Peterson's, 2006- .
    (Uris Ref LB 2351.2 .C73)

    Annual publication containing brief descriptive information on a selection of the "most challenging" (Introduction) four-year colleges. It does not rank the college, but gives statistics on the SAT, GPA, and ACT scores and high school rank of incoming students. The data given on the schools includes faculty, libraries, computer facilities, campus life and athletics, academic programs, campus life, and the academic awards and job offers of graduates.

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