Study: university rankings influence number and competitiveness of applicants

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The study, “True for Your School? How Changing Reputations Alter Demand for Selective U.S. Colleges,” by Randall Reback, associate professor at Barnard College of Columbia University, and Molly Alter, a research analyst for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University, will be published online this month in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Reback and Alter studied the importance of quality of life and academic reputations by examining the often-criticized college rankings in the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guidebooks and in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges series, along with comprehensive college-level data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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