Useful College Info
In their 35th year of ranking, USNews rankings compare bachelor's degree-granting institutions from across the U.S. on 15 diverse measures of academic quality. They use a lot of different criteria in the rankings calculations – such as average ACT/SAT scores of admitted students, student-faculty ratios and graduation rates.
Explore college rankings based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of student and alumni reviews.Niche has over 180,000 college reviews from real students—more college reviews than any other place on the internet.
For our 29th edition, they surveyed 143,000 students from across the country so they can tell you which college has the best food, best career services, happiest students, and more. They don't provide a ranking, but sorted by popularity order
CNBC Make It aims to provide the information students need to balance these considerations through our annual “50 Colleges that Pay Off the Most” ranking. The list spotlights 50 schools that provide students the highest average salaries for their tuition dollars.
Check out this link to find the college which has lower acceptance than Stanford, MIT, and Harvard.
Activities and Extracurriculars
The extracurriculars you participate in in high school really allow you to showcase your various passions and interests. Admissions officers can sense your excitement about the activities you really care about — it's evident in how you chose to spend your free time. You should never do things just for the sake of it looking good on college applications. Admission counselors are trained in detecting disingenuity a mile away — it really detracts from your application. They want to know you as a person, what things makes you jump out of bed, your interests, world view, etc. With this in mind, often times students don't know about the sheer variety of activities that exist. This list provides some of the more popular activities.
Here is a list of prestigious awards with relative weightage.