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.
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.
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.