Niche Releases 2021 College Rankings

More than half of high school seniors in the U.S. use Niche to find the best college fit for them

August 21, 2020 – PITTSBURGH – Niche—the leading school search platform connecting people to the perfect K-12 school or college—released its 2021 Best Colleges Rankings today. In line with the company mission to make researching and applying to schools Easy, Transparent, and Free for all users, Niche’s new rankings are designed to help high school students and parents with the college search no matter what their priorities are, or how they might be shifting this year.

With a unique balance of quantitative and qualitative data points, Niche’s Best Colleges rankings provide a realistic view of the student experience at a specific school. The platform combines U.S. Department of Education data with user input—reviews from current students, alumni, and parents—in a rigorous analysis of twelve factors including academics, campus, dorm life, professors, and value for the financial investment.

Niche’s 2021 Best Colleges includes updated data and reviews for 4,150 colleges nationwide. As in past years, it includes rankings like top public universities, best liberal arts colleges, and best value colleges, as well as rankings of the best colleges by state and major. Searchers can also apply filters such as Online Friendliness, Cost (Net Price), and more to further refine the rankings based on their personal preferences.

2021 Best Colleges in America:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2. Harvard University

3. Stanford University

4. Yale University

5. Duke University

“With more and more families relying on online resources to navigate the college search process, we see a huge opportunity to help students find the school that’s right for them,” says Luke Skurman, CEO and Founder. “Our 2021 college rankings will provide valuable information and insights to the millions of college bound students and their families during this admissions cycle. We’re humbled to continue to play a key role in the college search in these uncertain times.”

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Niche is the leader in K-12 and college school search. Its mission is to make researching and enrolling in schools easy, transparent, and free. With in-depth profiles on every school and college in America, 140 million reviews and ratings, and powerful search tools, Niche helps millions of people find the right school for them. Niche also helps thousands of schools recruit more best-fit students by highlighting what makes them great and making it easier to visit and apply.

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