2017 Best Big Colleges Methodology

The 2017 Best Big Colleges ranking compares the largest colleges in America across key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. List includes 4-year colleges with at least 15,000 undergraduate students. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%
Academics Grade Niche Academics grade, which incorporates factors such as acceptance rate, quality of professors, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. Niche 35.0%

 

This ranking assesses 124 4-year colleges and universities. 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.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.