SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 08/29/13 -- Each year millions of students across the US make a potentially life-changing decision: where to go to college. They consider where they have been admitted, and they make a critical choice. Today, Parchment, the leader in education credentials technology, releases its 2014 Parchment Student Choice College Rankings, which directly reveals students' college preferences and enrollment decisions.
The Parchment Student Choice College Rankings is the only college ranking that is 100% derived from admittance and enrollment choice data. Unlike rankings based on subjective judgments or on factors subject to gaming, such as selectivity or test scores, Parchment Student Choice College Rankings methodology is based on which college a student chooses to attend among all of the institutions where they are admitted.
Austin Arca of Irvine, CA applied to universities across the country, and was admitted to University of Cincinnati, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Jose State University, Syracuse University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Drexel University. He ultimately chose to enroll at University of Cincinnati, he said, because its "...industrial design program (DAAP) is #1 in the country and it has a co-op program."
Parchment's list mirrors how students review and make choices within the college landscape -- ultimately a mix of public and private schools, universities and colleges. The 2014 Student Choice Rankings includes eight liberal arts colleges and 17 universities in the top 25. And while the top five rated schools look familiar, this year's 25 highest-ranking schools revealed some notable differences versus 2013. Six new schools entered the top 25, including three liberal arts colleges: Haverford College, Bates College, and Wellesley College. Harvey Mudd College, notably, rose from 24 to number eight in 2014, and was one of two Claremont Colleges that landed in the top 10.
The Top 25 institutions in the 2014 Student Choice College Rankings are:
1 Stanford University 14 University of Chicago 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 15 Haverford College 3 Harvard University 16 Swarthmore College 4 Princeton University 17 Tufts University 5 Duke University 18 Amherst College 6 Yale University 19 University of California Berkeley 7 Caltech 20 Middlebury College 8 Harvey Mudd College 21 Bates College 22 University of North Carolina at 9 Pomona College Chapel Hill 10 Brown University 23 Vanderbilt University 11 Georgetown University 24 Wellesley College 12 University of Pennsylvania 25 Dartmouth College 13 Columbia University