Newest Edition of Best Colleges Rankings Coming Soon

The 2013 edition of Best Colleges will be released in September; see what's new this year.

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The John Harvard statue at Harvard University
The John Harvard statue at Harvard University

The 2013 edition of U.S. News's Best Colleges rankings will go live on on Wednesday, September 12. National UniversitiesNational Liberal Arts CollegesRegional Universities, and Regional Colleges are included in these rankings.

Our website will have the most complete version of the rankings, tables, and lists. It will have extensive statistical profiles for each school as well as wide-ranging interactivity and a college search to enable students and parents to find the school that best fits their needs. These exclusive rankings will also be published in our Best Colleges 2013 edition guidebook, which will go on sale September 18 on newsstands and at

To get the most complete methodologies, extended college rankings, tables, expanded school profiles, enhanced college search, and other exclusive interactive tools, you will need to sign up for the U.S. News College Compass.

Watch this blog prior to the launch of the new Best Colleges rankings for more details about the new edition of the rankings.

In addition to the main rankings, U.S. News will be publishing Web-exclusive rankings of colleges by high school counselors from across the United States. Other Web-exclusive rankings will include one that shows which schools have the greatest commitment to undergraduate teaching.

For the fifth year in row, this year exclusively online, we will publish the very popular list of "Up-and-Coming Schools"—the colleges making innovative improvements. In addition, we will have our sixth annual ranking of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We will also publish new rankings of top undergraduate business programs and top undergraduate engineering programs.

In addition, we have lists, tables, and articles to help you navigate the college application process. Some of these include:

• A+ Options for B Students, schools for students who want to go to a good college but don't have straight-A grades.

• Paying for College Guide, which details the schools that offer the best education for the least amount of money and provides other vital information on financial aid and the cost of colleges.

• Best Value Schools, which shows which schools are the best values for those getting need-based financial aid.

You'll also be able to see these tables:

• Top public universities

• Schools whose students graduate college with the most or least debt (College Compass subscription required)

• Campus economic diversity

• Campus ethnic diversity

• Academic programs to look for, such as study abroadservice learning, and senior capstone.

• Schools that award the most non-need-based aid

• Schools whose freshmen are most (and least) likely to return

• Highest 4-year graduation rates

• Highest proportion of classes under 20 (College Compass subscription required)

• Most international students 

Corrected 8/9/12: A previous version of this post incorrectly labeled a table that will be included in the 2013 edition of the Best Colleges rankings.