For the complete 2014 Student Choice College Rankings list, visit parchment.com/rankings.
The Parchment 2014 Student Choice Rankings is calculated from over 250,000 student decisions. And students offered additional insight into the real reasons that drive preferences and choices, including proximity to home; overall reputation, reputation related to the student's major; curriculum and honors programs; cost, scholarship and financial aid options; institution size; connection to family and friends; and nice campus and facilities.
Natalie Wainwright of Algonquin, IL was admitted to schools that ranged from a private, Catholic university, to a research institution in Boston to large, Midwest state schools. She could have attended University of Kentucky, Seton Hall, Suffolk University, University of Maine, Miami University or West Virginia University. But she chose Miami University because it is a "beautiful campus with my major."
Parchment employs a widely accepted tournament rankings methodology, a formula similar to the one used for chess masters, to arrive at its final rankings. When a student chooses and enrolls in a school, that school earns points and the schools to which the student is accepted but does not attend lose points. This point data is combined with another layer of point awards based on which institutions are expected to come out in the top positions. At the end of each school year Parchment reviews the points each school has earned based on its methodology to arrive at its rankings for the next school year.
Acceptance and enrollment data comes from Parchment.com, where students collect and present all their education credentials to make the most of their education and career opportunities, and get valuable data to help them find the right fit for college.
Parchment is the leader in education credentials technology, allowing learners, educators and employers to collect, analyze, use and share credentials in simple and secure ways. More than 3 million people and 7,700 schools and universities have used Parchment to exchange nearly 10 million transcripts. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Roseville, CA, Denver, CO, Grand Rapids, MI and Washington, DC.
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