Thursday, August 29, 2013

Some college and graduate school rankings

I know one of the most interesting things for future college/grad students are school rankings.

There are so many different options out there and you want to find the right fit for your interests and affinities. Nothing wrong with that, it's what school rankings are for!

I've made a selection of rankings that I think a lot of you might find interesting but I understand that I can't cover everything here. Good sources for this kind of things are and where I found most of the stuff published here.

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University rankings from a couple of years ago

Colleges that have a relatively low cost:

1. Adrian College (Adrian, MI)
2. Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
3. Alfred University (Alfred, NY)
4. Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
5. Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI)
6. Mercer University (Macon, GA)
7. Prescott College (Prescott, AZ)
8. Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
9. St. John's University (Collegeville, MN)
10. Baldwin–Wallace College (Berea, OH)

Colleges that meet the financial needs of students:

100%: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
100%: University of Richmond (University of Richmond, VA)
100%: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
100%: Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
100%: Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
100%: Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
100%: Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
100%: Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
100%: Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
100%: Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Note: The percentage listed represents the amount of need that was met for students who were awarded need-based aid.

Kiplinger's analyzed the unemployment rates and salaries for graduates of the 100 most popular college majors, and these are the ones that would give you the most fruitful career.

Kiplinger's 10 Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career:

1. Pharmacy and Pharmacology
2. Nursing
3. Transportation Sciences and Technology
4. Treatment Therapy Professions (respiratory, radiation, and recreational therapists)
5. Chemical Engineering
6. Electrical Engineering
7. Medical Technologies
8. Construction Services
9. Management Information Systems
10. Medical Assisting Services

Colleges that provide a large number of grants for good students, even if they don't qualify as needy:

1. Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
2. Baylor University (Waco, TX)
3. Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
4. Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
5. Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
6. Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)
7. Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA)
8. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
9. Haverford College (Haverford, PA)
10. Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL)

Fine Business Programs at Small/Medium-Size Colleges:

1. Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT)
2. Albion College (Albion, MI)
3. Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
4. Alma College (Alma, MI)
5. American University (Washington, DC)
6. Fordham University (New York, NY)
7. Ashland University (Ashland, OH)
8. Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
9. Baker University (Baldwin City, KS)
10. Pacific University Oregon (Forest Grove, OR)

10 Cool Colleges for Entrepreneurs:

1. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
2. Florida International University (Miami, FL)
3. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
4. Howard University (Washington, DC)
5. Simmons College (Boston, MA)
6. Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND)
7. The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
8. The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
9. University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO)
10. University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)


Business schools (finance):

1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
2. University of Chicago (Booth)
3. NYU (Stern)
4. Columbia University
5. Stanford University
6. MIT (Sloan)
7. Harvard University
8. University of California (Berkeley) (Haas)
9. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
10. University of California (Los Angeles) (Anderson)

Law schools:

1. Yale University
2. Harvard University
3. Stanford University
4. Columbia University
5. University of Chicago
6. NYU
7. University of Pennsylvania
8. University of Virginia
9. University of California (Berkeley)
10. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Medical schools:

1. Harvard University
2. Stanford University
3. Johns Hopkins University
4. University of California (San Francisco)
5. University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
6. Washington University in St. Louis
7. Yale University
8. Columbia University
9. Duke University
10. Chicago University (Pritzker)


1. MIT
2. Stanford University
3. University of California (Berkeley)
4. California Institute of Technology
5. Carnegie Mellon University
6. Georgia Institute of Technology
7. University of Illinois–​Urbana-​Champaign
8. Purdue University–​West Lafayette
9. University of Michigan–​Ann Arbor
10. University of Southern California (Viterbi)

Fun facts for international students, especially if you're Chinese (I found this in the Washington Post):

723,277: The total number of international students in the United States last school year. That’s a 4.7-percent increase from the previous year when there were 690,923 international students.

32 percent: The growth in the number of international students in the past decade.

$21 billion: The amount of money international students spend in the United States on tuition, fees, housing and living expenses.

70 percent: The percentage of international students whose primary source of funding for college is from their personal funds, family, government and other foreign sources.

157,558: The number of students from China, a group that makes up 22 percent of all international students. (This group grew 23 percent in one year for all Chinese students and 43 percent for undergraduates.) Other popular countries of origin are: India with 103,895 students, South Korea with 73,351 and Canada with 27,546.

8,615: The number of international students at the University of Southern California, the most popular host school last year.

These are just some of the few rankings and stats you might find helpful. It's not a bad way to start!

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