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U.S. News changes undergraduate rankings methodology amid upheaval

May 22, 2023

Turmoil around U.S. News’ rankings began late last year when contingents of law, and then medical schools, announced they would no longer cooperate by giving data to the publication.

Their reasons for rejecting the rankings varied, but many cited concerns that U.S. News’ system did not reflect their institutions’ educational accomplishments and that it hurt colleges focused on improving social mobility.

Most of the upheaval occurred with law and medical schools, though a few colleges have said they would not participate in the undergraduate rankings, which is U.S. News’ most prominent product.

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