It's that time again when colleges and universities report their admissions statistics, graduation rates and other numbers, and groups compile and analyze those statistics to rank our nation's top higher education institutions, The Huffington Post reports.

Many students rely on these rankings to help them determine which schools will best fit their needs and where to spend their application fee dollars.

These days, however, students practically need professional advisors just to help them make sense of the college rankings -- more organizations are getting into the ranking business and the way they judge schools is becoming more complex. For many years, rankings...

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