U.S. News releases 2024 rankings with revised methodology

U.S. News & World Report has unveiled its 2024 best college rankings, introducing notable changes to its ranking methodology in response to criticism.

These modifications include a greater emphasis on social mobility and outcomes for graduating students, particularly those on Pell Grants. Additionally, the controversial practice of universities providing peer evaluations of one another has been retained.

“For 40 years, students and their families have come to count on Best Colleges as a vital resource as they navigate one of the most important decisions of their lives,” says Eric Gertler, executive chairman and CEO of U.S. News. “The significant changes in this year’s methodology are part of the ongoing evolution to make sure our rankings capture what is most important for students as they compare colleges and select the school that is right for them

The rankings have recently come under scrutiny which prompted defections from several high-profile schools in recent months. Schools that declined to participate directly can still be listed in the rankings.

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