U.S. News "Best Colleges" ranking: Here's how Minnesota schools stack up
Carleton, Hamline, and St. Kate's scored impressive rankings in U.S. News' latest list.
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This week, U.S. News and World Report released the latest installment of its annual "Best Colleges" list.
The rankings are somewhat complicated, as they break schools into "Regional Universities," "Regional Colleges," "National Liberal Arts Colleges," and "National Universities," among other categories. But below the jump, we take a look at how Minnesota schools stack up relative to each other.
The U.S. News rankings are probably the most closely tracked index of prestige in higher education, but they are also controversial. Critics say the rankings are based on flawed data and use a subjective formula that gives too much weight to a college's selectivity and reputation.
U.S. News tweaked its formula this year, giving more emphasis to college graduation rates and less to the high school class standing of incoming students. The magazine's methodology also factors in surveys of academic reputation and data on retention rates, college entrance test scores, financial resources and faculty resources, among other things.
And here's the rankings of Minnesota schools of note (for full details about all state schools, click here):
13. St. Kate's
33. St. Scholastica
83. St. Cloud State
NATIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES
52. St. Olaf
76. (tied, apparently) St. John's
94. St. Ben's
69. U of M Twin Cities
112. St. Thomas
To see the full national rankings, click here. (Surprise, surprise -- as happens almost every year, Princeton and Harvard ended up as the two top ranked "National Universities.")
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