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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