U.S. News made some changes this year to the presentation and ranking methodology for the new, 2012 edition of our Best Colleges rankings. This article explains the methodology changes in detail, including how U.S. News updated the rankings categories; in most cases, these category changes were the main explanation for the biggest movements in this year's Best Colleges rankings. There are also many schools that are new to the 2012 Best Colleges rankings due to these changes.
If you are interested in obtaining an in-depth understanding about the rankings, see the full listing of all the methodologies and data used in all the new Best Colleges rankings.
Since the new Best Colleges rankings came out, there have been many articles written about them in newspapers and other publications across the country. Some of the articles and commentary quote academics and experts who are critical of the rankings, while others are positive. Here are links to some of the more notable coverage about the new Best Colleges rankings from the last few days: