State University.Com has published a ranking of what it feels are Top 2000 Colleges and Universities. Here is their methodology
The software to rank schools was engineered by the same team responsible for the Site Search Engine, JRank.org – currently one of the most popular site search tools on the internet.
This ranking system of U.S. public and private educational institutions is statistical and based on U.S. government surveys and reports provided by the schools themselves. Great pains are endured by the agencies responsible for the data collection to ensure both its accuracy and validity. Based on the data provided by these schools, we rank the schools on a combination of factors including student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.
How are StateUniversity.com’s rankings different? The primary difference between StateUniversity.com college rankings and other popular ranking systems is the absence of peer evaluation and peer surveys. Some other popular ranking systems rely heavily on peer evaluations – colleges’ evaluations of other colleges – in determining the “best” schools. In recent years, peer evaluations have come under fire by college ranking critics, who assert that the peer surveys introduce bias and inaccuracy into the process. And increasingly, fewer schools are participating in peer surveys, which could make for an uneven ranking across the board.
Whether purely statistical or based on peer evaluations, college rankings are controversial. While many people find them useful as a quick gauge of a university’s quality, others (including academic institutions) complain that everything their school has to offer can’t be summed up in a quick ranking score. Some even accuse schools of worrying too much about their rank on national surveys and not enough about the quality of education within their walls.
You can find a great explanation of other ranking systems on our blog:
U.S. College Rankings – How U.S. News Report College Rankings and Other Systems Work
For a detailed history of different college ranking systems and methods, read College Rankings – History of Rankings.
Factors Affecting the StateUniversity.com Score
StateUniversity.com uses many different measures in determining the rank of a particular school. The most important factors are a school’s ACT/SAT scores, its student retention, faculty salary, and student / faculty ratio.
A school’s score can be between 0 and 100, with the best possible score being 100. The list of top schools can be found on our Top-Ranked Schools Overall page.
It’s important to note that some schools do not have enough data to be ranked in our system, and these schools will not appear in our lists.
School Safety Ratings and Campus Crime
The StateUniversity.com School Safety Ratings are based on campus crime statistics as reported by 450 of the largest U.S. colleges and universities. Each college’s safety score, which can range from 0 to 100, is calculated based on the number and type of campus crime reported during the calendar. The underlying statistics are compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For more information about our campus safety ranking visit our blog’s post on the Safest Campuses.
Because they do not use peer surveys, the Ivy League schools do not rank as high as they do on other surveys. One piece of information which is useful is the school safety ratings.
Where do Washington colleges and universities rank. Here are some rankings:
Rank Overall School Score 2010 2009 School Name 2010 2009
University of Washington
156 ↓ 80 University of Washington-Seattle Campus 92.6 95.4 (↓2.9%)
Washington State University
288 ↑ 309 Washington State University 89.24 88.43 (↑0.9%)
Western Washington University
414 ↓ 312 Western Washington University 86.62 88.37 (↓2.0%)
Central Washington University
818 ↓ 594 Central Washington University 80.75 81.51 (↓0.9%)
Evergreen State College
963 ↑ 973 The Evergreen State College 78.33 74.26 (↑5.5%)
67 ↑ 82 Gonzaga University 95.56 95.36 (↑0.2%)
164 ↑ 207 Seattle University 92.21 91.29 (↑1.0%)
58 ↓ 57 Whitman College 95.89 96.48 (↓0.6%)
201 ↓ 147 Whitworth University 91.41 93.15 (↓1.9%)
University of Puget Sound
130 ↑ 174 University of Puget Sound 93.47 92.19 (↑1.4%)
Private schools are ranked higher than most state schools.
Education.Org has some great advice about how to choose the right college or university
Approach the decision to pick a school as an exciting opportunity to learn all you can.
Read. Materials sent by colleges can be a valuable resource, but it’s important to bear in mind that there’s a lot more to a school than those glossy photos of students lunching on a grassy knoll. And if a school you like doesn’t send you a brochure, by all means, go ahead and request one, or seek information online. Request all the information you want. At this point, you just want to be informed. You are not making any commitments.
Attend college fairs held in your area to pick up more information and talk with school representatives.
Consider what life is like at any given institution. Most students benefit from making a list of what they are looking for in a school.
As you read about schools and research them further, you’ll get a better idea of what type of school seems like a good fit for you.
Consider the SizeConsider the LocationConsider the CostConsider Academics & Your Plans
Every student and family is different. What might be a great choice for a variety of reasons for one person might be an awful choice for another.
How to Choose the Right College
How to Choose A College That Is Right for You
How to Pick the “Right” College
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