For over twenty years, colleges across the nation have been subject to ranking systems, a means in which prospective students and/or parents use to determine which school would be the wisest choice. These ranking systems have had a significant impact due to their usefulness and the controversy that surrounds them.
There is a wide variety of ways in which ranking systems work. As college education has become more mainstream and inevitable in the life of a student and almost required in today’s job market, the popularity of these systems have increased. To that end, many organizations have joined in this effort to collect data and provide easy to understand lists of colleges and universities, ranked in numerical order, based on a formulaic method that the respective organization has devised.