Niche helps students, parents and families discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for them.

We combine dozens of data sets with millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.

Natalie Tsay


Natalie Tsay

Senior PR Specialist

Press releases

May 2, 2023
Fast Company recognizes Niche Direct Admissions™ with 2023 World Changing Ideas Awards Honorable Mention

April 26, 2023
Woman-led Teams from Niche and Fish & Richardson Collaborate to Submit Initial Patent Filing for Niche Direct Admissions™ Program

March 20, 2023
Niche releases 2023 Best Places to Live in America rankings

November 30, 2022
Niche launches Direct Admissions™ program, offering students clear path to college – no application needed

November 3, 2022
Niche and The College Tour partnership shows college searchers what the campus experience is really like through high-quality tours

November 2, 2022
New survey: Class of 2023 Fall Senior Survey

September 27, 2022
Niche releases its ninth annual Best Schools and Districts rankings for 2023

September 19, 2022
Niche releases Marketing Technology Surveys for private and public PK-12 schools

September 6, 2022
New survey of 21k+ students: 2022 Niche Senior Enrollment Survey: The New Normal

August 29, 2022
What’s the ROI on a college degree in 2023? Niche releases annual Best Colleges rankings with updated Value methodology

August 5, 2022
Niche hires Tosin Okojie as CFO

June 1, 2022
New survey: The 2022 Niche Grad Searcher Survey

April 20, 2022
New survey: 97% of high school juniors say they would consider applying to a college they’d never heard of before

March 14, 2022
Niche Announces 2022 Best Places to Live in America

February 28, 2022
Niche releases reports on Higher Education and PK-12 School website traffic

January 27, 2022
Niche adds executive leadership with Chief People Officer and VP of Engineering

December 10, 2021
Niche welcomes new General Counsel and VP to cap off a year of rapid hiring

November 4, 2021
Niche shares first-generation student survey responses to identify challenges in their college search process

October 25, 2021
New survey: Class of 2022 Fall Senior Survey

October 12, 2021
New survey: 2021 Niche PK-12 State of Enrollment and Marketing

September 21, 2021
New survey: 52% of students feel confident in ability to afford college, reversing a five-year decline

September 20, 2021
Niche Releases 2022 Best Schools and Districts Rankings

August 16, 2021
Niche Releases 2022 Best Colleges Rankings for the Age of Test-Optional Admissions

May 11, 2021
New Survey: 75% of High School Juniors Believe Their Chances of Acceptance Will Be Hurt Without SAT/ACT Scores

March 15, 2021
Niche Releases 2021 Best Places to Live Rankings

February 1, 2021
Niche Hires Three New Executives Amid Record Sales Growth

January 27, 2021
Niche Surpasses 1,700 College and School Clients While Doubling ARR for the Fourth Consecutive Year

October 9, 2020
Niche Rankings Highlight the Top Private and Public Schools in the Nation

August 21, 2020
Niche Releases 2021 College Rankings

April 29, 2020
Niche Announces $35M Series C Funding To Reimagine And Simplify The School And College Search Experience

April 29, 2020
Francisco D’Souza Joins Niche Board of Directors

August 19, 2019
Niche Takes the Stress Out of Choosing a College with 2020 Rankings

August 5, 2019
Niche Rankings Are Secret to Success In Finding The Best K-12 School For You

March 4, 2019
D.C. Area Tops Niche 2019 Best Places to Live Rankings

February 7, 2019
Niche Growth Accelerates, Subscription Revenue Grows 200% and Announces Tim Armstrong as Strategic Investor & Advisor

August 27, 2018
Niche Releases 2019 Best Colleges

August 1, 2018
New for 2019: Niche Releases 5th Annual Best Schools Rankings

March 7, 2018
Niche Releases 2018 Best Places to Live in Every State and Metro

February 7, 2018
Niche Secures $6.6 Million Series B Funding Led by Allen & Company LLC and Grit Capital Partners

September 11, 2017
Niche 2018 College Rankings Highlight Best Colleges by State and Major

August 7, 2017
Niche Releases 2018 K-12 School & District Rankings

April 17, 2017
2017 Rankings Highlight Best Places to Live in America

November 14, 2016
2017 Rankings Recognize Top Public Schools in Every State

November 14, 2016
Niche Recognizes 2017 Best Private Schools in America

October 17, 2016
2017 College Rankings Highlight Best Colleges by State and Major

June 16, 2016
2016 Ranking Highlights Best Places to Live in Every State and Metro

Frequently asked questions

Where does the data come from?

We use the most up-to-date data available from dozens of public data sources including the Department of Education, U.S. Census, and FBI. See a complete list of our data sources here.

How do we calculate rankings and grades?

The specific methodology for each ranking can be found at the top of the rankings page. For a much more detailed explanation of our calculation process, see the following links: K-12 Rankings, College Rankings, Places to Live Rankings.

How do we gather survey data?

Our registered users have the opportunity to review the K-12 schools or colleges they have attended, the schools their children have attended, and the places they have lived. This survey is hosted on our site and includes a variety of question types, including both open-ended and poll responses. To date, we have collected more than 120 million ratings and reviews across our platform.

How is this list organized?

In any ranking, a school or place must provide enough data for the factors to be given a numerical ranking. This means we must have at least 80% of the school’s or place’s data required for a ranking to be ranked. After the numerical rankings end, schools or places that have enough data to be assigned Niche Grades (but not enough data to be ranked) are listed by those Niche Grades. Schools at the end of the list are those schools that we do not have enough data to rank or grade and are listed by total enrollment.

What year is the data from?

All of our data represents the most recent data available from that data source. Niche also collects data directly from schools and colleges via our school data update form.

What makes our rankings different?

We have more reviews and statistics on more schools and places than any other other site, giving us the most comprehensive coverage on K-12 schools, colleges, and places to live across the country. We then connect that data across content areas in ways that our competitors cannot. For example, because of the breadth of our data, we’re able to know the SAT/ACT scores from students at a certain high school, as well as which colleges those students go on to attend. That unique advantage in K-12 coverage gives us a similar advantage (in terms of data/users) for covering towns/neighborhoods.

Where can I find materials to promote my Niche ranking?

You can find promotional banners, stickers, logos and rankings badges on the following pages: Promote Your K-12 Ranking, Promote Your College Ranking and Promote Your Town Ranking.