National College Ranking Throws Shade At U.S. News


In its release, The Monthly highlights how several schools that did poorly on the U.S. News’ ranking fared much better on its list.

  • Washington Monthly’s top 20 list includes six state schools—among them UC Davis and National Louis University in Chicago—while only one public university makes it onto the U.S. News’s top 20.
  • Utah State University, #22 on the Monthly list, is #249 on the U.S. News list (a 227-point difference).
  • Tulane University is #407 in the Monthly ranking; U.S. News puts it at #42 (365-point difference).
  • Baylor University is #382 in the Monthly; U.S. News has it at #75 (307-point difference).
    Hofstra University is #438 in the Monthly, and #162 in U.S. News (276-point difference).
  • Pepperdine University is #232 in the Monthly; U.S. News puts it at #49 (183-point difference).

The rankings, which appear in the September/October issue, also ranks master’s universities, liberal arts and bachelor’s colleges, and America’s “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges. This list ranks schools that help non wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices in five different geographic regions in the United States. Those rankings are shown in the graphs below.


See the full Northeast ranking here.


See the full Southeast ranking here.


See the full South ranking here.


See the full Midwest ranking here.


See the full West ranking here.

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