Your Best Fit College Ranking

Your Best Fit College Ranking applies your preferences to our vast database of college information, including data from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews from students and alumni. You receive a personalized list of colleges that are a great fit for you based on what you care about most. Learn where our data comes from.

How it Works

  1. Enter your preferences for up to 12 different factors related to your college experience, including academics, diversity, and value. See the “Adjustable Factors” section below for a full list of factors.
  2. Receive a personalized list of college rankings based on your preferences weighted across millions of student ratings and key statistics.
  3. Apply additional search filters or change the search location to refine your results.
  4. If you want to save your results, add colleges to your list. At this time, we do not save your personalized rankings to your account. 

Adjustable Factors

Your Best Fit College Ranking allows you to set your own custom weights for each of the following factors.

Factor Description Source
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. Multiple Sources
Diversity Grade Niche Diversity grade, which incorporates factors such as ethnic composition of the student body, proportion of international students and out-of-state students, as well as student surveys regarding diversity on campus. Multiple Sources
Athletics Grade Niche Athletics grade, which incorporates factors such as championships, revenue from athletics, as well as student and alumni surveys regarding athletics at the school. Multiple Sources
Value Grade Niche Value grade, which incorporates statistics such as average loan amount, alumni earnings and student surveys regarding value. Multiple Sources
Campus Grade Niche Campus Quality grade, which incorporates factors such as quality of campus food and housing, as well as student surveys regarding facilities on campus. Multiple Sources
Party Scene Grade Niche Party Scene grade, which incorporates factors such as access to bars, Greek life, as well as student surveys regarding the quality of the party scene on campus. Multiple Sources
Professors Grade Niche Professors grade, which incorporates factors such as number of awards won by faculty, student-faculty ratio, as well as student surveys regarding professor quality. Multiple Sources
Dorms Grade Niche Dorms grade, which incorporates factors such as average housing cost, housing capacity, as well as student surveys on campus housing. Multiple Sources
Student Life Grade Niche Student Life grade, which incorporates statistics such as safety, diversity, athletics and student surveys regarding student life. Multiple Sources
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. Multiple Sources
Campus Food Grade Niche Campus Food grade, which incorporates factors such as average meal plan cost and student surveys regarding the quality of on campus dining. Multiple Sources
Safety Grade Niche 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. Multiple Sources

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the colleges.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.


As a BETA feature, Your Best Fit Colleges is currently only available to registered Niche users. Certain functionality may change as we continue to test and adapt this tool. If you have any feedback about your experience using this feature, contact us and include “Your Best Fit” in your message!