Newsweek College Rankings

In spring 2007, an organization of liberal-arts colleges, the Annapolis Group, stated some member schools would stop participating in the part of the U.S. News & World Report‘s annual survey where college administrators assess peer schools using a numerical system. The move was a reaction to a controversy about the usefulness of numerical listings that list institutions by how they fare on a range of statistical measures. Critics have stated that these measures don’t provide a full picture of a school. In response to this critique, Newsweek decided to eschew numerical rankings in 2007 for a “quick but colorful snapshot of today’s most interesting schools.” They talked to admissions officials, educational consultants, students, parents, and college and university leaders to make a choice of selections. High-school counselors, in particular, were the most influential people in the final count, as – according to Newsweek - those individuals are most in tune with what matters to college applicants.

25 Hottest Schools 2007

Methodology: The names of colleges in this list are hidden in the subheads, as Newsweek preferred to categorize the list by “hottest” sports, men’s, women’s, liberal, small state colleges and more. Each categorized heading covers only one college, however. For instance, the “Hottest Music School” is Eastman, located in Rochester, New York and the “Hottest for International Studies” is Babson College, located in Babson Park, Massachusetts.

25 Hottest Schools 2008

Methodology: Although Newsweek had something to hang its hat on for subjective criteria in 2007, truth be told that Newsweek always based their college rankings on subjective data. This year is no different, and they ranked the colleges as they had in 2007 (see above). A few examples in “Hottest Liberal-Arts School You Never Heard Of,” which was Centenary College of Louisiana, located in Shreveport, Louisiana; “Hottest Big-City School,” Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C.; and, “Hottest for International Studies,” which was the University of Richmond, located in Richmond, Virginia.

Top Ranked Online Colleges

The following online colleges and universities rank highly based on user interest data we've gathered. The schools offer accredited degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's level in a variety of fields from business to the humanities. If you're looking for an online degree program, these schools offer a convenient alternative to traditional classroom study. For students who need flexibility in meeting their educational objectives, our list of schools will help you find what you're looking for. Online learning is a great way to keep the learning process going while continuing to work or fulfill other responsibilities. And with the latest technology and course delivery methods, you'll be able to earn your degree while balancing your busy life.

Kaplan University
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Kaplan UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. With both campus- and online-based programs, Kaplan University offers a quick path to your degree, making it the perfect continuing education school for working adults looking to improve their careers.
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Ashford University
Associate's Degrees
Bachelor's Degrees
Master's Degrees
Ashford UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. Now, school comes to you, making it possible to earn your college degree. Experience a new way of learning through innovative online classes at Ashford University. AU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Ave, Suite 100, Alameda, California 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.
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DeVry University
Associate's Degrees
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DeVry UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. DeVry University offers a career-oriented high quality online education to working professionals. Founded in 1931 as DeForest Training School, DeVry University has approximately 100 campuses across North American and offers degrees in liberal arts, business, science, technology, and more.
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Liberty University
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Liberty UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. Founded in 1971, Liberty is the largest and fastest-growing evangelical Christian university in the United States. Liberty also offers a broad range of subjects to choose from with various degrees available in accounting, criminal justice, psychology, and more.
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Southern New Hampshire University
Associate's Degrees
Bachelor's Degrees
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Southern New Hampshire UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. Southern New Hampshire University offers both online and at the campus for undergraduate and graduate programs. Students are able to use this additional layer of flexibility and choice to their benefit. In addition, SNHU uses career-oriented assignments to teach students the knowledge and skills required to conduct tasks and responsibilities in their chosen careers.
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