Last updated: Jan 24, 2022
At universities.com, our purpose is to inform and empower consumers as they make decisions about higher education. Universities.com is your #1 resource for choosing your perfect school and program. You can learn about programs, find universities and colleges, and connect with schools for free. Through quality data and research on over 6,000 universities and colleges, we help you make an informed decision about your education.
We determine which schools and programs are best using our proprietary ranking algorithm. You choose what's important to you using a set of filters and we show you which schools and programs best meet your needs and preferences.
Our school and degree program rankings algorithm uses the latest and most robust U.S. government data sets, specifically the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Scorecard. We continuously revise the metrics and data sets we use to refine our ranking algorithm.
|Metric||Best Schools Rankings||Best Programs Rankings|
|Diversity of student body|
|Retention and Graduation||46%||18%|
|First-year retention rate|
|Non-white student graduation rate|
|Pell Grant graduation rate|
|Instructors and Faculty||21%||8%|
|Percentage of tenured or tenure-track instructors|
|Percentage of instructional, research, and public services staff that are full time|
|Diversity of full time instructional, research and public service staff|
|Percentage of undergraduates receiving aid|
|Average aid package size|
|Average net price of attendance|
|% of total associate degrees conferred in program|
|% of total bachelor's degrees conferred in program|
|% of total master's degrees conferred in program|
|% of total doctoral degrees conferred in program|
|Finances after graduation||-||33%|
|Median total debt after graduation - associate degrees|
|Median total debt after graduation - bachelor's degrees|
|Median earnings for those employed 2 years after graduation - associate degrees|
|Median earnings for those employed 2 years after graduation - bachelor's degrees|
Our rankings tie together a wide range of government data to bring you a comprehensive evaluation of every school and every program. The more information you have about your future school and program, the more prepared you are to declare your choice. Shouldn’t you know which school offers the best career opportunities for your major? How about which school is the highest rated for your major? At Universities.com, our rankings help you determine the best of the best - both for schools and the programs they offer.
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