Rankings Links & Information
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Methodology: Universities are evaluated on criteria known as the 5 Es.
The League of American Bicyclists developed the Bicycle-Friendly Universities ranking based on factors such as the education and enforcement of bike safety, planning bike programs, and incentives to use bicycles as transportation. The rankings are categorized by platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals instead of a traditional numerical ranking. Additional resources include various links about maintaining and developing a bike friendly community and a score card for an informal evaluation of bike-friendliness.
Methodology: The data is ranked by the percentage of attendance to the stadium's capacity, although the average attendance is listed as well.
The Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective is a student-run organization at Harvard that compiled data ranking universities based on their attendance at football games. The rankings are separated into categories like Top 5 Public Schools, Top 5 Non-Bowl Teams, or Best in Each Conference.
Methodology: An explanation about the ranking criteria is available on the Methodology page.
This site evaluates colleges on their environmentally sustainable practices by assigning an A-F grade. Each school earns an overall grade, as well grades for specific categories such as Climate Change & Energy and Food & Recycling. Colleges can be searched by a variety of criteria, including grade, state, or recycling programs.
Methodology: This site offers no specific delineation of its methods.
Mother Jones magazine recently unveiled its latest survey of student activism on college campuses nationwide. Descriptions of students' activities, as well as statistics on such factors as cost, enrollment, and percentage of students with financial aid are included.
Methodology: The Chronicle of Higher Education offers an explanation and the implications of this methodology.
U.S. News Magazine's list is based on comparisons of each college's student population to the number of computers on campus.
Methodology: This site offers no separate delineation of its methods, but the introduction explains that it looked at school programs and mission statements in compiling the list.
Young America's Foundation suggests colleges that "offer a holistic conservative experience for students"--"institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining and strengthening the conservative values of their students." The foundation points out that the list is not intended to be exhaustive, and that the schools are not listed in any particular order. Annotations are offered for each school to explain why they made the list.