Work on the next edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings is under way. U.S. News started to collect data from the three U.S. News statistical surveys–main, financial aid and finance–on March 19. That statistical data will be used for the 2014 edition of our college rankings, which will be published later this year. These surveys gather information on such factors as enrollment, faculty, tuition, room and board, SAT and ACT scores, admissions criteria, graduation and retention rates, college majors, school finances, activities, sports and financial aid. This data is used in the Best Colleges rankings that will be published on usnews.com and in the print guidebook that will be available on newsstands. More than 1,750 U.S. colleges, and a few outside of the United States, received a notification email from U.S. News with details on how to access our password-protected online surveys. Nearly all regionally accredited, four-year bachelor’s degree granting U.S. colleges should have received such a notice. If you are from a college that did not receive the data collection survey email, please contact Diane Tolis, U.S. News data collection manager, at dtolis@usnews.com.

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