Explore the 2017 best college academics ranking based on admissions selectivity, professor quality, and academic resources using data from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews from students and alumni.
Academics -- Overall. Along with Sports, Cost and Quality of Life, Academics is one of the four major categories used to compare the schools. In order to get an overall comparison, the schools are compared on the following sub-categories: SAT scores (highest to lowest) Overall number of National Merit Scholars.
For more details on the variables used, see the "Ranking Model Indicators" section below. U.S. News made a few changes for the 2017 edition of Best Colleges. First, U.S. News recategorized colleges based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
The 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, published online on Sept. 13, 2016, are based on up to 15 key measures of quality, outlined in the table below. U.S. News uses these measures to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college.
Colleges that did not supply answers to a sufficient number of the questions for us to fairly compare them to other schools received a Green Rating of 60*. The schools have an opportunity to update their sustainability data every year and will have their ratings recalculated and published annually.
2017 Colleges with the Best Academics Methodology. The 2017 Colleges with the Best Academics ranking is based on admissions selectivity, professor quality, and academic resources using data from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews from students and alumni.