Our Ranking Methodology

Universities.com is your #1 resource for choosing your perfect college. You can discover degrees, find colleges and connect with schools for free. Through quality data and research on 7,600 universities we help you make an informed decision about your education.

Our rankings help you further differentiate one university from another. In other words, we determine which schools are most popular for your major. We even reveal which schools are most difficult to get into. Each ranking leverages government data, survey results, interviews with college graduates and editorial review.

Many of our rankings take in other considerations such as statistics on athletic programs or even dining hall food reviews to tell you which school ranks #1. Don’t you want to know how your future college stacks up to the competition?

Where does the data come from?

Data is our passion—we analyze millions of pieces of data, breaking it down, and delivering it to you in a fun, interactive way. This information helps you make smart decisions about where to go to school. The data on our colleges and majors come from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews and editorial review.

Government Data

Our government data sources include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the U.S. Census Bureau's Five Year American Community Survey (ACS) and Common Data Sets, which are reports released by some of the schools.

Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

In-depth Surveys

We survey currently enrolled students and alumni for in depth insights on what it’s really like to go to that school. We ask how their college prepares them for a career. We even dive into their reviews on the students and the culture at the school as well as facilities, activities and student organizations. Their feedback gives you insider information that you won’t learn on a campus tour.

College Graduate Interviews

Our writing and editing team goes the extra mile by interviewing high profile graduates. We ask about the quality of the campus environment, coursework, professors, career services and more. This offers even more personalized feedback on each university and major. These students have been in your shoes—their words will help to further guide your decision. And since they’ve graduated, their current career path gives shines a light on the potential career opportunities for you.

Editorial Review

Everything on our site is data driven with editorial review. What does that mean? We take a hard look at the numbers to make sure our data is accurate. Our editorial review takes into consideration student survey responses and factors including social media indicators and news coverage.

How can Universities.com’s rankings help me choose my perfect college?

Each ranking ties together government data with our survey responses, college graduate interviews and editorial reviews in order to bring you a comprehensive evaluation of every school. The more information you have about your future school and degree, the more prepared you are to declare your choice. Shouldn’t you know which school offers the best career opportunities for your major? How about which school is the highest rated for your major? At Universities.com our rankings help you determine the best of the best in every major and school criteria.

For example, if you want to find the top Art & Design degree based on the number of students who graduated, the selectivity of the program and the favorability from student reviews, our data will help you uncover the answer. In fact you can sort on Universities.com not only by university but also by major and degree. That way you can read reviews about your dream major first and then search for the top schools for that major.

On our site you’ll get access to university rankings, tuition and in depth reviews on more than 6,500 schools. By using all of our data and reviews to select your college, you will be able to evaluate the highest return on your investment. That means finding the degree that you’ll need to secure the career of your dreams.