Newsweek magazine and the website The Daily Beast have just released the 2011 College Rankings. For the second straight year, Newsweek assessed the nation's colleges and listed the top 25 in categories ranging from most service-oriented to best weather.
University of Georgia landed spots in four of the 25 categories, and doubled its placement on the rankings in 2011, moving from two in 2010. The University made the top 10 in two categories namely: Most Beautiful (No. 8) and Healthiest (No. 10). UGA also placed 12th in the category 'Future Politicians'. In the ranking of cheapest universities, UGA was rated 19th. Institutions were first ranked according to tuition. Then Newsweek considered student financial aid. For UGA, in-state tuition at the time of the rankings rounded out to $18,000 a year, and 93 percent of students received financial aid.
The University of Mary Washington is placed in the top 25 on a list of “best food” at colleges and universities, rated at number 19, with a “best campus dining” score of 5.3 out of 7. Other Virginia schools on the list include Virginia Tech and James Madison University.
Carson-Newman College is America's leading community service-dedicated higher education institution, according to Newsweek/The Daily Beast's 2011 College Rankings. It is ranked 2nd overall in “Most Service-Oriented” schools.
Swarthmore College is ranked first among schools for activists, 5th for international students, 7th for brainiacs, 15th for most rigorous, 23rd for return on investment, and 24th for horniest.
* Suggested Reading:
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012
Sierra Club's Cool Schools 2011
Washington Monthly College Ranking 2011
World of University Ranking and League Table
In UK there are some university league tables published every year by The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. In Australia the Good Universities Guide rating is a very useful handbook for anyone choosing a tertiary institution. For more information please see University Ranking by Country.