U.S. News and World Report ranks the best universities in the U.S. each year, offering both general and specialized rankings. The paper offers rankings in such categories as best national universities, best liberal arts colleges, best universities by region and top public universities.
Forbes magazine also provides generalized rankings of the U.S. colleges and universities. Washington Monthly ranks schools in the categories of national, liberal arts, master's programs, baccalaureate degrees and community colleges.
Some of U.S. News and World Report's more specialized rankings include freshman retention rate, best value, acceptance rate and class size. Rankings are also given based on high school counselor reports.