Getting into the Right University
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There are many criteria with which to rank universities in the U.S. We specifically reject the rankings of U.S. News and World Report because their criteria do not meet the scholastic standards of the university community.

We have organized our ranking page into nine categories. "Top Universities" ranks schools by their over all scholastic quality. This is done by the National Research Council (NRC) every ten years as specified in public law by Congress. There is no better method of ranking universities.

Universities can also be organized by their area of "expertise" There are five areas into which universities are organized by the NRC:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Engineering

Professional degrees such as medicine, law and business are not ranked by the NRC so we must appeal to other sources. For each of these ares, the sources for rankings listed are provided.

Rarely is a university ranked highly in all nine areas. Stanford and Berkeley are exception.

The criteria for choosing a university is first and foremost the quality of the education provided. For professional schools, the criteria is more likely the quality of the job you can get after graduation. This is directly related to the reputation o the university offering the professional degree.

In general, universities that rate high in an entire area, such as biological sciences, are to be preferred over universities that rank high in a single subject within that area.

For PhD students, universities that rank both broad and deep in every area are to be preferred because no subject stands alone, and having access to top professors in related fields is a significant asset. Also, universities that are absent in an area or subject do not have the broader student experience provided by a broadly ranked university. In simple terms, the personalities you encounter during your university experience can be restricted by the limitations of the university.

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