CAUTION: There are many books and web sites that list and rank colleges. Some are published by the colleges themselves, as a way of advertising/marketing themselves to students. Even sources that are objective use different criteria, and those particular criteria may or may not be important to you. Before you use any source, look for an introduction or "about" web page which explains how the list/ranking was compiled. Ask:
One way to test for accuracy and reliability is to look up the information provided for colleges near your home. How does the information compare with what you already know? Are any local colleges missing? Does the book or web site describe each college accurately?
Many employers and graduate schools prefer or require that students earn degrees from "accredited" programs. Below are the accrediting bodies for some popular college majors.
Many magazines, including U.S. News and World Report and Bloomberg Business, provide yearly rankings of colleges. Typically, their web sites do not offer comprehensive lists or detailed information unless you are a paid subscriber. Below is a sampling of the variety of rankings lists that exist.