We are very aware that many readers are interested in rankings.
However, many American educators and parents and students warn that decisions about college attendance should be about the fit of the college to students.
To help our readers, we will be featuring a monthly section on different rankings. For our first article of this series, we are offering the oldest US ranking system – US News (1983) – with one of the more recent ranking systems focused on salary obtained by bachelor’s degrees at American colleges- Payscale.
To help you get more information, we are linking the logos of each product to their website so you can learn more about the rankings in detail.
PayScale: Attending college is an investment of time and money. Make a decision that will pay off in the long term. PayScale has ranked more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities, including private, public and for-profit schools, to determine the potential financial return of attending each school given the cost of tuition and the payoff in median lifetime earnings associated with each school.
US News: The host of intangibles that make up the college experience can’t be measured by a series of data points. But for families concerned with finding the best academic value for their money, the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings provide an excellent starting point for the search. Read more
|6||University of Chicago||246|
|7||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||4|
|7||University of Pennsylvania||30|
|10||California Institute of Technology||2|
|—||Harvey Mudd College||1|
|128||Polytechnic Institute of New York University||3|
|—||SUNY Maritime College||5|