Universities in the United States are ranked and weighed according to multiple factors, such as undergraduate academic reputation, overall graduation rates, retention and quality of students, and financial resources, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranking and weight value vary for national universities and regional universities and colleges.
Many institutions, including magazines like Forbes, have specific ranking criteria based on individualized outlines that differ from other sources. For instance, Forbes ranks universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, graduation rate and academic success. This rewards colleges that produce graduates with lower debt ratio and higher job success, according to Forbes.