College Consensus has turned its signature method to ranking the Best Regional Colleges-North, providing future and current students with the big picture of the north’s best undergraduate colleges. This independent guide combines the most influential publisher rankings with the more reliable student reviews to help students find their way to the Northern colleges that have built a reputation among experts and students alike.
How Do We Rank the Best Regional Colleges in the North?
There are two halves to the College Consensus. One half is the Publisher Rating, which puts together all of the most current rankings from standard-setters like U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and WalletHub. The other half is the Student Reviews Rating, made up of the most reliable student reviews from sites including Cappex and My Plan. These two ratings combined determine the College Consensus, the internet’s most comprehensive, aggregate college ranking.
College Consensus’ ranking of the Best Regional Colleges-North recognizes the undergraduate colleges that do the job of preparing an educated workforce. Regional colleges are defined as being primarily associate’s and bachelor’s institutions that offer programs for a statewide or regional audience. The Best Regional College-North includes the smaller colleges and junior colleges that do not have master’s programs or high-profile research, but do make top-quality education accessible. The North has a lot of competition, but these are the colleges experts and students agree are the smartest choices.
What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?
With our unique method, College Consensus forms a ranking that represents the best regional colleges in the north in a different light than usual. By taking into account both publisher rankings and student reviews, everything makes it in – academic reputation, student satisfaction, social mobility, affordability, and much more. That means some colleges that get overlooked in other rankings get their say, and others that dominate the conversation have to give some way. It’s a less biased, more inclusive ranking to end all rankings. Read more about our rankings methodology and sources at our about page.
The Consensus Best Regional Colleges-North are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.