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College Rankings

Harvard HOLLIS Electronic Library

HOLLIS+ includes everything from the Harvard collection, like books, journals, images, maps, archives, manuscripts, scores, music, videos, films, and data. HOLLIS+ also includes an enormous articles database, which has content from subscription databases and journals, along with open access content, like articles from the Harvard open access repository DASH. Certain specialized databases may be excluded.

Cambridge University (Cambridge Core)

Cambridge Core is a brand new platform for Cambridge University Press’s academic content. Our book and journal content has been brought together for the first time on Cambridge Core: a sophisticated, high-performance replacement for Cambridge Journals Online and Cambridge Books Online.

College Affordability and Transparency Center

Tuition and net prices of colleges & universities. Use the options below to generate a report on the highest (top 5%) and lowest (bottom 10%) academic year charges for each sector. Tuition reports include tuition and required fees. Net price is cost of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid. Data are reported by institutions and are for full-time beginning students.

Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs

What is accreditation? Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

Yale University Library

Our collection of nearly 15 million print and electronic volumes is housed in 15 libraries, including Sterling Memorial, Beinecke, and Bass libraries, the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), as well as many other school and departmental libraries.

The ISC’s Ranking of Islamic Countries Universities and Research Institutions

is a project which has ranked about 600 of top Islamic countries’ universities and research institutions with highest number of publications in the most prestigious international scientific journals (core journals) during 2008-2012.

Times Higher Education Supplement. World University Rankings

The first edition of a planned annual feature. The centerpiece is a table ranking the top 200 universities throughout the world. In a deliberate attempt to keep things simple, scores were calculated using 5 scales: peer review (based on a survey of faculty throughout the world; accounting for 50% of the total score), research impact (measuring citations per faculty; 20% of total score), faculty/student ratio (20% of total score), percentage of international faculty (5%), and percentage of international students (5%). A number of short articles in this 15 page feature futher elaborate on these rankings, offering discussions of individual scales and regions. (Note: This feature is available online, but requires a Times Higher Education Supplement subscription.)

Princeton Review’s The Best Colleges Ranked by Students

This site offers an explanation of its rankings on two pages titled Surveying Students: How We Do It and The Princeton Review’s College Rankings. This site presents the results of surveys completed by college students nationwide. Rankings are offered for topics ranging from the serious (Libraries, Best Overall Academic Experience for Undergraduates, etc.) to the informal and humorous (Lots of Beer, Got Milk?, etc.). For more information about how Princeton Review’s rankings are compiled and what to make of them, consult the pages on Surveying Students and the Rankings which provide an overview of their system.

Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges

A thorough explanation of the research and sources used for the rankings is available on its Methodology page. In 2008, Forbes Magazine began publishing an annual ranking of American public and private colleges and universities. The site includes an overall ranking of evaluated colleges and universities, a ranking of each school with the best value for its education, and articles about higher education. Rankings can be sorted by rank, name, state, cost, size, and, public or private institutions. Student evaluations, career success, student debt, four year graduation rate, and awards to students and faculty are used as the basis for Forbes’ rankings scale.

Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University  
The 2006 edition of the world university rankings edited by the Institute of Higher Education of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The ranking takes account of the quality of education, the quality of faculty, the research output and the size of the institutions.

A Guide to What College Rankings Don’t Tell You  
The criteria for their institution rankings is explained on their Rating Criteria page. Created by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), this site aims to compare and describe the general education requirements for undergraduate students at colleges and universities. Also included on the site is the graduation rate of undergraduate students at each institution, a list of institutions with the site’s top grade, and a list of schools with a tuition of $30,000 and above. The rankings criteria consider whether the institution provides required courses in the fields of composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics, and natural or physical science. A, B, C, D, or F grades are awarded based on the number of requirements the institution offers.

Washington Monthly College Guide  
The rankings are described in the article “A Note on Methodology”. This site compares rankings from other rankings sites, most notably from U.S. News and World Report, and recalculated them according to involvement in community service, research, and social mobility of students. The Methodology page provides an explanation for the criteria used. Listed are both the top 245 National Universities and the top 202 liberal arts colleges based on their criteria.

U.S. News and World Report College Rankings   
This site offers an explanation of its rankings on a page titled About the Rankings/Methodology Updated annually, this site contains extensive information about colleges and universities in the United States, including selected undergraduate programs. The list is divided both by region and by category (National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Schools and Top Public Schools). Factors such as diversity, specialty schools/programs (ranked and non-ranked), and state-by-state results are ranked separately. A searchable index also provides access to the site’s contents. Beginning in 2002, much of the information formerly provided free became available for purchase only from this site.

Top American Research Universities   
The rankings methodology is located in the rankings PDF. This report identifies the top public and private research universities in the United States based upon nine quality measures. Universities are clustered and ranked according to total and federal research funding, endowment assets, annual giving, National Academy membership, prestigious faculty awards, doctorates awarded, postdoctoral appointees, and SAT scores of entering freshmen. Also available are lists of the top 200 public and private universities on each quality measure. The site includes other reports and resources on measuring university performance. The report and web-based data are updated annually in mid-summer.

The Upshot: The Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges   A thorough explanation of the research methods used is available on the ranking’s page. Constructed by “The Upshot,” a data-focused endeavor by the New York Times, these rankings display the efforts (or lack thereof) of top U.S. colleges and universities to encourage greater economic diversity amongst their student bodies. The rankings graphic allows you to explore how these institutions compare regarding valuable measures of economic diversity, such as Pell Grant recipients and their dispersal over time, net-price of attendance for low and middle-income students after accounting for assistance, and endowment per student.   
This site offers an explanation of its rankings on a page titled ‘Rankings Methodology’. This site provides “answers to the questions college students wish they had known to ask”. They collect surveys from undergraduate and graduate students who evaluate their universities based on questions in three categories: Department, University, and Social/Interactive. Please note that this is not a scientific sampling, but offers anecdotal reviews (positive and negative) of 1,400 universities and counting.

Princeton Review’s The Best Colleges Ranked by Students   
This site offers an explanation of its rankings on two pages titled Surveying Students: How We Do It and The Princeton Review’s College Rankings. This site presents the results of surveys completed by college students nationwide. Rankings are offered for topics ranging from the serious (Libraries, Best Overall Academic Experience for Undergraduates, etc.) to the informal and humorous (Lots of Beer, Got Milk?, etc.). For more information about how Princeton Review’s rankings are compiled and what to make of them, consult the pages on Surveying Students and the Rankings which provide an overview of their system.

Parchment Top Choice College Rankings: All Colleges  
This site explains its methodology in a sidebar on its College Ranking: All Colleges page. This site utilizes a rankings preference methodology to rank colleges by student enrollment choices, rather than by matriculation and admission rates. Data is from students who use the Parchment application database (currently over 800,000 applications) during the college application process. The data is collated to determine what schools students are admitted to, and at which schools they choose to matriculate. Colleges are ranked based on a points system that begins at a base of 1500 points, then rewards college for being selected; colleges gain additional points for being selected over a higher ranked school. The web site explains its methodology on the main College Rankings page to help users put its rankings into perspective.

Ordo Ludus College Ranking   
This site explains its methodology on its “About Us” page. This site ranks 126 colleges and universities by comparing 30 different areas grouped into four separate categories: academics, quality of life, sports, and cost and tuitions. These four categories are then averaged to create overall rankings. It includes both non-weighted and weighted averages in rankings. By not just solely focusing on academics, this site intends to provide a “more well-rounded view” of the college rankings. Ordo Ludus uses data from other public ranking sources to create their own rankings.

Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Colleges  
This site offers an explanation of its methods on a page titled How We Rank the Top Public College Values Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine offers its ranking of the top 199 values in public, four-year institutions of higher education. According to Kiplinger’s, these are “schools where students can graduate with a high-caliber education, but without a mortgage-size debt.” This site was first published in 1998, and has been updated with more recent cost figures.

Center for Digital Education’s Digital Community Colleges Survey   
These rankings are based on community college officials’ questionnaire responses and school data. Created by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), this survey, ranks the top ten tech-savvy community colleges in the categories of large (7,500 students or more), mid-size (3,000-7,500 students) and small (less than 3,000 students) community colleges. The survey is run every two years and past survey results are listed. The past Digital Community Colleges Survey Reports are available for free download, but registration is required.

Community College Week’s Top 100 Associate’s Degree and Certificate Producers  
This site compiles its rankings based on degree conferral statistics that the individual schools provide to the US Department of Education. More information is provided in the introduction to the list. Community College Week’s annual list provides data on an area of higher education often missing from traditional college rankings: associate’s-degree-granting two year programs. While CCW is to be commended for attempting to fill this gap, a word of caution: the lists are based solely on the total number of degrees awarded. Other factors, like instructor-to-student ratio or student satisfaction, are not taken into account. This means that, in general, a community college with 1000 students will rank 10 times higher than one with 100 students, because the raw number of degrees awarded will be higher in most instances. Retention of students until graduation may affect degrees conferred, however. In addition to the primary top 100 list, several additional lists are provided that break down degree conferrals by ethnic groups and by programs of study.

College Prowler’s “College Reality Guides”  
This site offers no separate delineation of its methods. This site offers rankings of “the top two-hundred schools in America” in categories that range from academics, athletics, transportation, and computers to guys, girls, nightlife, and campus dining. Individual schools are given grades in twenty subjects, and while there is no explanation for the grading system, student quotes are offered for each school.

College Factual   
College Factual allows users to peruse information about colleges and universities, such as percentage of full-time faculty, average student loan burden upon graduation, and annual price increase for education expenditures. While providing their own rankings based on a variety of factors, the site also affords users the ability to compile rankings based on customized characteristics, as well as comparing two institutions against one another in their “College Combat” feature. The site compiles its rankings for colleges and universities predominantly using sources from the US Department of Education. This includes data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), such as the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) and the Integrated Post secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Additionally, salary data for graduates comes from PayScale, as well as the Department of Education. For their sports rankings, College Factual partners with NCSA Athletic Recruiting and uses information from the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education using its Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool.

Black Enterprise’s Top Colleges for African Americans   
The rankings methodology is stated in the section “Crunching the Numbers”. In addition to a listing of the top 50 colleges for African Americans, this article includes information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Asian Nation’s Best Colleges for Asian Americans  
This website excerpts information from the article “The Best Colleges for Asian Americans” inA. Magazine (September 30, 2000). Asian-Nation’s website includes the top 25 universities and the top 25 liberal arts colleges for Asian Americans along with Asian American college students’ commentary provided from A. Magazine’s article. This website only lists a portion of the results from A. Magazine’s survey. The article notes some fallacies of the survey, such as depending on the colleges/universities to report statistics as well as certain notable schools that did not participate in the survey. For more information see: Chan, Anita and Dina Gan. “The Best Colleges for Asian Americans.” A. Magazine (September 30, 2000), pg. 39.

Cambridge Digital Library   
Cambridge University Library contains evidence of some of the greatest ideas and discoveries over two millennia. We want to make our collections accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge.”

Cambridge University Library Collections   
iDiscover combines the wealth of print and electronic resources available within the University in one search interface. It provides simple searching for reading list items whilst also offering advanced capabilities for researchers.

Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO)   
Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) is a vast and rapidly-expanding online library, providing easy access to thousands of books across the world-renowned scholarly list of Oxford University Press. Spanning subjects across the humanities, social sciences, science, medicine, and law, OSO is an essential research resource for student, scholar, and academic alike, no matter what their subject specialty. Launched in 2003 with four subject modules, Oxford Scholarship Online is now available in the below 20 subject areas:

Search Yale Law Library   
The Lillian Goldman Law Library supports the rich educational and scholarly programs of Yale Law School and Yale University. We contribute to global legal research, scholarship, and education. Our outstanding collections and exemplary services make the library a centerpiece of the Yale Law School experience.

Harvard Baker Library Databases (business)   
Baker Library advances the mission of the Harvard Business School by providing distinctive information services, resources and expertise so that our community excels. The collections, both physical and digital, cover most aspects of management including such specialties as accounting and control, agribusiness, banking, business and economic history, commerce, economic philosophy, finance, information technology, international business, management education, manufacturing, marketing, political economy, and transportation. The library’s collections are located in the Stamps Reading Room and the two lower levels of the building.

Cornell University Library DATABASES   
Cornell University Library’s collections encompass a rich and varied universe of printed volumes, digital resources, maps, media and archival materials. The Library holds over 8 million volumes and over a million ebooks. With close to 5 million journal article downloads per year and 91 percent of the 120,000 current serial titles available online, the Library’s digital collection continues to grow at a rapid pace.

Cornell University Library catalog  
Welcome to the new Cornell University Library catalog. This catalog is being developed to replace the aging Classic Catalog and incorporate the best features of WorldCat Local. (Please note that WorldCat Local is available through the “libraries worldwide” link on the search results page.)

Harvard University   
Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was established in 1636. There are approximately 16,000 faculty and staff serving over 24,000 students. Harvard university has an income of $2.6 billion per annum, and it is estimated that the overall costs for a student studying at Harvard are in the region of $63,000 per annum, though most people receive grants/financial aid. The school colour of this Ivy League university is crimson. The Harvard University ranking is No. 1 in both the USA and the world on the University Review College Ranking Lists. It is ranked as the 2nd best college in the states by the USnews, and the 7th best by Forbes.

Princeton University   
Princeton University is located in New Jersey in the United States of America. Founded in 1746, it is the fourth oldest higher education institution in the USA. Although Princeton was originally founded as a Presbyterian institution it has always been open to students of any religious background, and Princeton is no longer a sectarian institution. The Princeton University ranking is 2nd in the USA and 6th in the world on the University Review College Ranking List. It is ranked as the 1st best college in the states by the USnews, and the 4th best by Forbes.

Yale University   
Yale was founded in 1701. The location of Yale University is in New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America. It is a private Collegiate institution modeled on those of Oxbridge there are twelve residential colleges and it is the third oldest university in the USA. It is an highly select university and typically accepts just 10% of applicants. The Yale University Ranking is 3rd best in the USA and 11th in the world on the University Review College Listings. It is ranked as the 3rd best college in the states by the USnews, and the 6th best by Forbes.

Columbia University  
Columbia University is located in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It is a private university in the neighbourhood of Morningside heights. It was established in 1754, making it one of the five oldest universities in the USA. Columbia is an Ivy League school. The campus was designed by the architects Mead, White and McKim, and the main campus of Columbia University New York occupies an area of 32 acres, in a somewhat amazing six blocks of Manhattan. The Columbia University Ranking is 8th best in the USA and 10th in the World University Ranking List. It is ranked as the joint 4th best college in the states by the USnews, and the 20th best by Forbes.

University of Pennsylvania   
The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA was founded in 1740 having been proposed by Benjamin Franklin. It is a highly selective university and belongs to the ivy league, it typically only accepts around ~12% of its applicants. It is located in a campus of around 270 acres in western Philadelphia. The University of Pennsylvania ranking is 9th in the USA and 13th in the world on the University Review College Ranking List. It is ranked as the 8th best college in the states by the USnews, and the 12th best by Forbes.

Cornell University   
Cornell University is a research university mainly located in Ithaca New York state. It also has two medical campuses; these are located in New York City and in Qatar. Cornell university was established in 1865 by Andrew Dickson White and Ezra Cornell as a nonsectarian, coeducational university. Cornell has one of the broadest ranges of subjects of any university having over one hundred and fifty departments and academic areas. It is a member of the Ivy League schools. The Cornell University Ranking is 10th in the USA and 14th best in the world on the University Review College Ranking List. It is ranked as the 15th best college in the states by the USnews, and the 31st best by Forbes.

Brown University   
Brown performs consistently high in ranking tables, and is considered as the 18th best college in the USA, and 49th best in the world in the University Review consolidated rankings. The Brown University Ranking is 16th best college in the states by the USnews, and the 13th best by Forbes. The student body of Brown University is about 8,600, with the majority from the undergraduate college. They come from all the 50 States of America, and from over 110 foreign countries. There are about 100 programs of study offered across the undergraduate, graduate, and medical colleges of Brown University.

Dartmouth College   
Dartmouth College was established in 1769, it is located in Hanover, New Hampshire in the USA. The college is a four year private liberal arts college and its divisions include 29 departments, 10 interdisciplinary programs, and four graduate schools. The Dartmouth College Ranking is 26th in the USA and 117th in the world on the University Review Ranking Lists. It is ranked as the 11th best college in the states by the USnews, and the 18th best by Forbes.