Unlike other university rankings, Washington Monthly magazine emphasizes socioeconimcs, favors public over private schools

university-rankingWhat 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.

Using an algorithm of all living people that list at least one alma mater in the United States, TIME’s ranking calculates alumni prominence based on the frequency of words they’ll have on Wikipedia pages and the more relationships they’ll have with other people and subject areas.

U.S. News & World Report ranks schools based on their mission and scholarly achievement. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that four out of the top 10 national university ranking are Ivy League Schools (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia).

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