The 2017 Best College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding campus resources across classrooms, labs, performance venues, housing, food, and recreational facilities. Learn where our data comes from.
|Student Surveys on Campus Quality||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of campus facilities at each school.||Self-reported by Niche users||50.0%|
|Campus Food Grade||Niche Campus Food grade, which incorporates meal plan cost and student surveys regarding food on campus.||Niche||15.0%|
|Campus Housing Grade||Niche Campus Housing grade, which incorporates factors such as average housing costs, housing capacity, housing crime rates, as well as student surveys regarding dorms on campus.||Niche||15.0%|
|Local Area Grade||Niche Local Area grade, which incorporates factors such as median rent, local crime rates, access to amenities, as well as student surveys regarding the local area around campus.||Niche||15.0%|
|Safety Grade||Safety grade, which incorporates factors such as campus crime rate, local crime rate, as well as student surveys regarding health and safety services on campus.||Niche||5.0%|
This ranking assesses 1,423 4-year colleges and universities. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Campus Grade for each ranked school as well as additional 4-year colleges. 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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