2017 Best Colleges for Education Methodology

The 2017 Best Colleges for Education ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 25.0%
Education Student SAT/ACT Scores Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Education at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 22.5%
Education Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Education program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Education Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Education. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Percent Majoring in Education Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Education. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Percent of U.S. Education Graduates Percent of total annual Education graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%
Education Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Education program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Education Test Scores Compared to School’s Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Education compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Education Research Expenditures Total expenditures dedicated to research in Education. National Science Foundation 2.5%
Education Research Expenditures per Student Total expenditures dedicated to education research per full-time undergraduate student majoring in the field. National Science Foundation 2.5%

This ranking assesses 848 4-year colleges and universities. To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

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