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U.S. News offers new college rankings methodology

September 28, 2023


The 2024 Best Colleges rankings system from U.S. News & World Report evaluates 1,500 colleges and universities using up to 19 measures of academic quality–and this year, the methodology behind the rankings has been overhauled to reflect more modern priorities and factors that are important to today’s students.

This year’s rankings placed a greater emphasis on social mobility and outcomes for graduating college students, demonstrating the most significant methodological change in the rankings’ history.

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