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Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here Releases Its 4th Annual Ranking Of Top 2,000 U.S. Colleges And Universities

CHICAGO, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --, the leading website for college and university information, has issued the updated rankings for the Top 2,000 colleges and universities in the United States and released its 4 th annual college ranking. The list is available on's website at  The ranking is based on statistical analysis and comparison of student/faculty ratio, student retention, test scores and other critical factors.  The website also provides Top 500 ranking lists on data points including faculty salaries, SAT scores, student debt, top schools by state, best ranked public state universities, best private colleges and universities, top ranked community colleges, top vocational, technical and career colleges, and many other criteria.

A key distinction between and other college ranking organizations is that the system is based purely on a mathematical comparison of key statistics.  Many other popular college ranking lists utilize peer review feedback, wherein colleges rate other colleges.  Some critics have argued that peer review rankings may be subjective and perhaps even biased.  The college rankings, first released in 2009, were designed to compare raw statistical data, without peer ratings or subjective adjustment such as the school's prestige/brand influencing the list.

The top 20 colleges and universities for 2012 are:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Stanford University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Duke University      
  • Pomona College      
  • Rice University
  • Princeton University
  • Wellesley College   
  • Cornell University   
  • Middlebury College
  • Carleton College
  • Williams College      
  • Amherst College
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University     
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Bowdoin College
  • Vassar College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Harvard University

Newcomers to the top 20 include Bowdoin College, and Harvard University

Dominik Mazur, founder of and Net Industries LLC, said, " We are very pleased to present these new, updated college and university rankings for 2012.  As today's students face a tight job market and rising tuition costs, Net Industries hopes that lists like these – together with the comprehensive school profiles – will provide a great resource to help students make an informed decision regarding their future college." 

Mazur also cautions students to evaluate schools based on their personal values and preferences, and not only on numbers or rankings.  " The Top 2,000 rankings – or any college ranking system, for that matter – should serve as just one of many facets that help students to choose a college.  If these college rankings help students and their families explore new university options, or begin college discussions that they wouldn't have had otherwise, then has done its job."'s college rankings may be reprinted or reproduced, in whole or in part, under the terms of the Creative Commons 3.0 license, provided that proper attribution is given.  Other Top 500 ranking lists for 2012 include total cost of attendance, student enrollment, and ACT scores.


Covering all U.S. institutions of higher learning, features the most complete collection of school statistics anywhere.  The web site allows prospective students to compare schools, research degree programs and submit requests for application materials. also features school profiles, career advice on thousands of careers, scholarship and financial aid guides, a new "What's my Chance of Admission?" calculator, and content submitted by students and faculty.

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