The 2020 Best Colleges for Public Policy 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.
|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.||Multiple Sources||30.0%|
|Percent Majoring in Public Policy||Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Public Policy.||U.S. Dept. of Education||17.5%|
|Public Policy Program Demand||A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Public Policy program compared to the size of the program.||Self-reported by Niche users||15.0%|
|Acceptance Rate||Percent of applicants accepted.||U.S. Dept. of Education||10.0%|
|Public Policy Student Surveys||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Public Policy.||Self-reported by Niche users||10.0%|
|Student-Faculty Ratio||Total full-time undergraduate students per full-time undergraduate faculty.||U.S. Dept. of Education||10.0%|
|Percent of U.S. Public Policy Graduates||Percent of total annual Public Policy graduates nationally that come from this program.||U.S. Dept. of Education||7.5%|
To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s or associate’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s or associate’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the colleges.