2017 College Rankings Highlight Best Colleges by State and Major

October 17, 2016–PITTSBURGH– Niche, a website that helps people discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for them, today released its 2017 Best Colleges rankings on its completely redesigned website. For the third consecutive year, Stanford University earned the #1 spot out of over 1,600 4-year schools ranked.

Niche’s annual college rankings are 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. In addition to the numerical rankings, Niche also released 2017 Report Cards for over 4,000 colleges, which assign letter grades on topics like Academics, Student Life, and Value.

For the first time, Niche released rankings by college major for majors like Engineering, Nursing, and Business, as well as rankings and graded report cards for community colleges and trade schools. As part of its new site, Niche is excited to debut more data on its college profiles, the ability to filter schools by criteria like test scores, and a mobile-first design.

“Since 1 in 2 college-bound high school seniors use Niche to research colleges, we believe it’s important to cover a wide range of schools and student types,” said Luke Skurman, CEO of Niche. “This is why we’re excited to expand our report card coverage from 1,600 to 4,150 2-year and 4-year schools.”

The full suite of 2017 Best Colleges rankings are previewed below and can be found in entirety here: https://www.niche.com/colleges/rankings/

2017 Best Colleges:
1. Stanford University
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3. Yale University
4. Harvard University
5. Princeton University

View the Top 100 Colleges


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