U.S. News & World Report Updates Methodology, But Not Top Placements

U.S. News & World Report has updated their college rankings methodology. And after doing so, there are absolutely no changes in the top three positions year-over-year.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, these methodology changes include a reduction in the weighting of SAT and ACT scores (from 10% to 7%), a reduction in the weighting of alumni giving (from 5% to 3%), and an increase in outcomes scores, which includes student debt loads, (from 35% to 40%).

The takeaway? After all of these changes, Princeton University, Harvard University, and Columbia University retain their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd spots. With next year’s rankings including test-optional or test-blind institutions for the first time, we’ll see if any more dramatic ranking changes occur.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.