Posted: 5:51 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
U.S. News & World Report uses multiple factors to rank colleges. Each indicator can contain multiple parts. Percentages listed reflect the weighting used for National Universities, the category that includes Emory University.
Undergraduate academic reputation: 22.5 percent
Surveys of those in a position to judge a school’s academic excellence.
Retention: 20 percent
Percentage of freshmen returning for sophomore year.
Faculty resources: 20 percent
Includes class size, faculty salaries and student-faculty ratio.
Student selectivity: 15 percent
Includes acceptance rates, SAT and ACT scores and the proportion of students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
Financial resources: 10 percent
Spending per student on instruction, research and other related services. Excludes sports, dorms and hospital spending.
Graduation rate performance: 7.5 percent
Shows the effect of programs and policies on graduation rates. Controls for spending and student characteristics.
Alumni giving: 5 percent
Provides indirect measure of student satisfaction.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 12, 2011 explanation of calculations