Unlike other university rankings, Washington Monthly magazine emphasizes socioeconimcs, favors public over private schools
What is the most important factor when selecting a university?
In this depressed economic climate, tuition cost is a natural concern. Other issues ranging from degree completion rates to university reputation holds great weight.
It should be emphasized, however, that university rankings are arbitraily decided by individuals. There is no universally accepted metrics for evaluating academic excellence.
For instance, TIME has a controversial ranking system for those more interested in where alumni end up rather than university prestige.