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StateUniversity.com 2012 College Rankings Released

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StateUniversity.com is pleased to announce that its 2012 college rankings have been released. The leading website for college and university information calculates its Top 2000 Colleges and Universities ranking with a statistical analysis and comparison of several critical factors including SAT/ACT scores, student retention rates, and student/faculty ratio.

College Reviews and Rankings

Unlike other college rankings organizations, which utilize sometimes controversial surveys and peer evaluations to determine the top or best colleges in the country, StateUniversity.com’s rankings – first released in 2009 – are purely mathematical. The information used to calculate rankings is based on U.S. government surveys and reports provided by the schools themselves. Schools receive a score between 0 and 100 with 100 being the highest possible.

Top 20 Colleges in 2012

The top 20 colleges and universities for 2012 are as follows:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2. Stanford University

3. California Institute of Technology

4. Duke University

5. Pomona College

6. Rice University

7. Princeton University

8. Wellesley College

9. Cornell University

10. Middlebury College

11. Carleton College

12. Williams College

13. Amherst College

14. Brown University

15. Carnegie Mellon University

16. University of Notre Dame

17. Bowdoin College

18. Vassar College

19. Swarthmore College

20. Harvard University

In addition to the 4th annual Top 2000 Colleges ranking by overall school score, the website has also released Top 500 rankings on key points such as:

as well as Top Schools by State and many other criteria for 2012.

Dominik Mazur, the founder of StateUniversity.com, reminds students and parents to evaluate schools on personal preferences and values in addition to numbers and college rankings. It is advisable to research several potential colleges and take campus tours before applying and making a final decision.

View the complete list of 2012’s Top 2000 Ranked Colleges here.


Melissa Rhone+

Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.

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