U.S. News is hard at work on the 2013 edition of the Best Colleges rankings, which will be published in fall 2012. We have mailed the annual peer assessment reputation surveys of undergraduate academic quality that will be an important part of the rankings. These reputation surveys are weighted 15 percent of a college’s overall ranking in the National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges categories and 25 percent in the Regional Universities and Regional Colleges categories. U.S. News knows that peer assessments are subjective, but a school’s reputation for academic quality is important to prospective students, since they know it could help them get their first job after graduation and make a good impression if they are planning to apply to graduate school…

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