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New College Rankings Are Out: NPR Ed Rates The Rankings

College presidents from High Point, N. C., to Laie, Hawaii, are sitting up a little straighter, because the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings are out today. Published every year since 1983, they’ve become perhaps the most famous and influential college rankings. But they’re no longer the only game in town.

There are more than 7,000 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., and 20.5 million students enrolled in them this fall. That’s potentially 20.5 million opinions about what makes a school “the best.”