Of those who submitted their high school class standing when they applied, you'll see how many ranked among the top 10 percent of their high school class, in the top quarter, and in the top half. We supply the average high school grade-point average of the 2011 freshmen, the percentage submitting SAT and ACT scores, and, for both tests, the range within which half the students scored. The 25/75 percentiles shown for the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT or ACT Composite tell you that 25 percent of students scored at or below the lower end of the range and 25 percent scored at or above the upper end.
Academic Life: Information on faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year includes the number of full-time professors and the breakdown of men, women, minorities, and faculty members from other countries; you can also see what percentage have earned a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field.
The ratio of undergraduates to undergraduate faculty is provided, as is the percentage of class sections taught by graduate teaching assistants. Class size figures tell you the percentage of classes during the fall 2011 term that had fewer than 20 students, the percentage with 20 to 49 students, and the percentage with 50 or more. (Labs and discussion sections are excluded.)
Two key numbers that applicants should consider are a school's freshman retention rate and its graduation rate. The average freshman retention rate tells you the average proportion of freshmen who started in fall 2007 through fall 2010 who returned the following fall. The graduation rates show the proportion starting college in fall 2005 who earned a degree in four years and in five years. We also show the average proportion of graduates who earned a degree in six years or fewer for classes starting in fall 2002 through fall 2005.
You can see which degrees or certificates (and how many) were awarded between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. You can see the proportion of students who pursue further study immediately upon graduation, within one year, and within five years. In addition, there is a breakdown of the proportion of graduates who pursue further study in business, law, medicine, dentistry, engineering, theology (or the seminary), education, arts and sciences, and veterinary medicine.
Degrees offered are noted, and you can see lists of both the five most popular majors among 2011 graduates (with the percentage of students who majored in them) and all majors offered that lead to a degree. Majors are arranged by category and listed alphabetically within categories. The availability of other types of academic programs, including preprofessional, teaching certification and cooperative education programs, ROTC, learning communities, and study abroad, are also noted. If specific courses are required for graduation, they'll appear in this section.
U.S. News Rankings: A school's rank indicates where it sits among its peers in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. You'll see a description that indicates which category of institution the school falls into, followed by its rank within the group. The categories include National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, and Regional Colleges.
The Regional Universities and Regional Colleges categories are further subdivided by location: North, South, West, and Midwest. All the colleges in the National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, and Regional Colleges that are in the top three fourths of their categories are ranked numerically.