With nearly 3,000 four-year schools in the United States to choose from, prospective students need ways to tell them apart. But how exactly are institutions of higher education sorted? Amy and Mike invited journalist Sarah Wood to share some of the thinking behind US News & World Report college rankings.
What are five things you will learn in this episode?
- What are the most significant metrics that US News uses in its ranking systems?
- How have the college rankings changed over the last few years?
- Do schools rise and fall substantially from one year to another?
- What are some of the “Best” college categories in the rankings?
- How should students factor these rankings into their college lists?
MEET OUR GUEST
As an education reporter for U.S. News & World Report, Sarah Wood covers various K-12 and higher education topics, such as college admissions and financial aid. Prior to joining U.S. News in 2021, she wrote about higher education trends and campus initiatives for over two years at Diverse: Issues in Higher Education—a higher education magazine in Fairfax, Virginia. Wood is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, where she studied journalism and international studies, and currently resides in the Washington D.C. area.
Find Sarah Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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