College Rankings

Members of NACAC and others have expressed long withstanding concerns about college ranking publications. The discussion about college rankings and their effects is extensive and ongoing. On this page you will find NACAC resources that contribute to the discussion.

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  • Report of the NACAC Ad Hoc Committee on US News & World Rankings

    Released in 2011, this report includes recommendations from NACAC's Ad Hoc Committee on U.S. News and World Report Rankings. The committee's recommendations focused on ensuring that students and families have the ability to form their own impressions about which college is the best fit for them.

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  • NACAC Survey Report- The College Admission Counseling Perspective

    To help inform NACAC's Ad Hoc Committee on U.S. News & World Report Rankings, NACAC conducted a survey of association members in May 2010. Full survey results are available in this report.

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  • Methodology Behind College Rankings

    Each ranking publication relies on a different formula, or methodology, to determine which colleges and universities it considers the "best." This page includes links to the methodology of popular college ranking publications so you can help your students determine which factors matter to them or what information may be missing in any given ranking publication.

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