Data Collection Starts for the 2011 Edition of America's Best Colleges Rankings

Statistical surveys have been sent out to colleges to collect data for the upcoming college rankings

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U.S. News is hard at work on the upcoming college rankings.

We recently starting collecting the statistical data used for the 2011 edition of our America's Best Colleges rankings, which will be published in August 2010. Data collection for the three U.S. News statistical surveys—Main, Financial Aid, and Finance—began on March 19. These surveys gather information on such factors as enrollment, faculty, tuition, room and board, SAT and ACT scores, admissions criteria, graduation and retention rates, college majors, activities and sports. This data is used in the college rankings, college guidebooks, and the college section of usnews.com.

More than 1,500 U.S. colleges received a notification e-mail from U.S. News with details on how to access our online surveys. All four-year bachelor's degree granting U.S. colleges should have received surveys; if you are from a college that did not receive the data collection survey notice, please contact Vachelle Manly, the U.S. News data collection manager, at vmanly@usnews.com.

If you are from a college and you have questions about the U.S. News college rankings, ranking methodology, or any of the U.S. News education publications, contact me at bmorse@usnews.com.

U.S. News works on the college rankings 12 months a year. We hold and attend meetings throughout the year with higher education experts in order to listen to their suggestions and criticisms, as well as to understand the latest campus trends. These consultations with college presidents, deans, institutional researchers, and high school counselors give us an opportunity to gather feedback on our ranking methodology. These conferences and meetings are also an important source of story ideas.

We would like to thank all the colleges that participate in our current America's Best Colleges data collection. We fully understand that it takes a lot of work to fill out surveys and we appreciate the efforts that colleges take to provide us with the most accurate data available.