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U.S. News & World Report Rankings Methodology

In the interest of maintaining transparency and keeping readers well-informed, U.S. News & World Report publishes the methodologies behind all rankings. Below you will find in-depth articles about how the rankings are calculated, how categories are defined, how data is collected and much more. Frequently-asked questions (FAQs) are also included. Click on the links provided to get all the critical details!

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The U.S. News & World Report rankings highlight the nation’s best colleges, graduate schools, online programs and more. The data provided can help you compare institutions in a certain category, such as liberal arts colleges or business graduate schools. While the rankings can inform your thinking and guide your decision-making process, they should not be used as the sole criteria by which you choose a school. Many other factors – such as visiting campuses and meeting with teachers and advisors – are equally important. We urge you to use all means at your disposal to learn about your choices and select the institution that’s best for you.

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