Here at CollegeRank, we are backed by years of experience profiling and ranking institutions of higher education. With a trusted team of professional researchers, writers, and editors behind us we are able to procure college rankings backed by data and science. We are committed to making education more convenient.
We do the research so you don’t have to!
That’s right, we get the hard work out of the way. We know that you have educational goals that you’re itching to pursue, but you may not know where to start. Well, we’ve devised a sorting system to help! We’ve crafted a unique and proven ranking methodology that sets us apart because our ranking score is based on the following three aspects:
40% Potential Salary After Graduation
30% Individual Program Accreditation
30% Overall Affordability
Where does the data come from?
Let’s break it down even further. Each category encompasses a specific factor that we believe to be a fundamental component in choosing the school that is perfect for your individual needs.
One of the first things we all want to know when considering a career path is how much money we could potentially make. Sometimes potential salary is the main reason that students pursue a degree in the first place. That’s why we gather the average mid-career earnings of graduates and include that as part of the consideration. That information is sourced from places like Payscale, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Glassdoor.
We also think it’s important to showcase only accredited colleges and universities. The accreditation process is a way for educational specialists to evaluate the inner workings and basic academic standards of an institution. There are many different agencies responsible for accrediting schools, however, our information is sourced directly from the National Center for Education Statistics, specifically from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
In order to gauge the overall affordability of a school, we come up with an average net price. To find this number we add up costs such as tuition, fees, lodging, commuting, books, and other expenses. However, we also take into consideration the availability of, and access to, financial aid and scholarships. This information is sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics.
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We’re proud of our research, that’s why we want to share it with you. At CollegeRank we strive to do our best to guide you and your family toward a fruitful (and fun!) academic career. The pursuit of knowledge is a noble one – we want to help you reach your goals.
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