The annual college rankings have exploded into an extremely competitive marketplace. In addition to the granddaddy ranking poll, the venerable U.S. News and World Report College Rankings, we are now seeing at least five or six major polls, with one or two new ones popping up every year. Juniata has been included in every one, plus a few specialty rankings, so let’s see how the College measures up in all the national polls.
The Washington Post. Nick Anderson, education reporter, created a composite ranking from the other top polls and the newspaper’s stats gurus came up with their own. Juniata was rated 59th in the top Liberal Arts Colleges. It’s unclear if this will be an annual poll, but this is the College’s highest ranking.
U.S. News. Juniata was rated 108th among Top Liberal Arts Colleges. Juniata has hovered around the Top 100 for the past five years. The numbers are so finely sifted that it’s hard to make improvements in the rankings. The College is currently trying to improve its retention rates, one of the poll’s major elements.
The Washington Monthly. historically done well in this national poll, which rewards outcomes for service, such as military service, the Peace Corps, or missionary work, and economic value, two areas where Juniata excels. The College was ranked 69th, a 20-slot improvement from the previous year.
Wall Street Journal. The first college rankings poll ever released by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education based its assessment on learning environment, debt burden, graduation rates, student-faculty ratios, faculty-published research, amount budgeted for instruction and academic services, alumni earning power, and more than 100,000 survey responses from students across the country. Juniata ranked 210th in this one. This poll ranked 800 colleges and universities in its online version and more than 1,000 in total, putting Juniata in the top 20 percent of all higher education institutions.
Forbes.com. Forbes is the other ranking that lumps all colleges and universities in one poll. Juniata was rated as 172nd in this poll, rising seven slots from No. 179 the previous year.
Money Magazine. Juniata jumped 270 places from last year’s inaugural poll to rank as 129th. Money’s ranking look at quality of education, affordability, and the success of its graduates. Juniata scored 399th in the previous year’s poll.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. This poll rewards high quality education at an affordable price and the College was slotted at 92nd last year. In addition, the College was named as one of 202 colleges and universities deemed “cool schools” by Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. That poll rates how schools approach sustainability and “green” issues. The guidebook Princeton Review 381 Best Colleges ranked Juniata as No. 12 in its top 20 study abroad programs.