College Guide

August 25, 2014 About the Rankings

By the Editors

We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). For an explanation of each category:

  • Click here for National Universities.
  • Click here for Liberal Arts Colleges.
  • Click here for Masters Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges.

To learn more about our methodology for affordable elite colleges, click here.

To learn more about our methodology for four year colleges and universities, click here.

For more information about the overall goals of the rankings, click here.