Copyright School Ranking Methodology

Mar 20, 2019's school ranking lists are created using a proprietary ranking system that includes data from the U.S. Department of Education and more. Read on to learn more about's ranking methodology.

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Since 2004, has provided our users with free college and career resources. Over 40 million visitors every month trust and use our articles to research schools, degrees, and careers.

At, our mission is to make education accessible to all students. We know each student has unique needs when it comes to choosing a college, so we created our school rankings to help students make college decisions that are the right fit.

Why Use Our Rankings?

Most rankings on other websites talk about top-tier schools that might be too pricey, selective, or elite for many students. Our rankings focus on quality school programs that provide a high-value education, while still being accessible and affordable. That's why things like price, value, and attainability are major factors for schools in all our lists.

How Does it Work?

Our rankings only include accredited, non-profit public and private schools. To rank schools, we use a unique system combining current data points from the U.S. Department of Education with program and school-specific details.

The data we look at and how much importance we give each data point depends on the ranking list; however, we choose the data that is most applicable to the topic of a list.

While data differs between lists, all rankings look at the following criteria:


  • Tuition cost
  • Financial aid


  • Admittance rates
  • Educational support and resources

Quality & Value

  • Retention rates
  • Graduation rates
  • Student-faculty ratio
  • Career resources and job placement

Final Note understands that no two students are alike. We create our rankings with students in mind, and sincerely hope that our rankings help students make the best college decisions for their personal goals.

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