Faculty Advisor

Wills, Craig E


Many college rankings exist, each based on a set of factors determined by publishers of the rankings. People considering colleges often use college rankings as a tool to aid them in their search. This project compares the methodology of rankings by organizing the factors of each into six categories. It was found that worldwide rankings have a much higher weighting on research than U.S.-only rankings. In addition a survey was conducted over different demographic groups. From the survey results an ideal ranking was constructed for different groups and compared to existing rankings. All demographic groups examined seek a better mix of categorized factors than any existing ranking provides.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science