See how the different universities stack up against each other.
US News is most widely read source of US college rankings. It provides the most comprehensive list of universities in terms of sheer data. Within US New, there are many different rankings depending on the category of the institution, the major, the location, etc., The most common ones are:
National University Ranking: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities.
US Liberal Arts College Ranking: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-liberal-arts-colleges.
If you are looking to attend universities outside of the US, you might also want to look at the Global University Ranking: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/rankings
Forbes List only goes up to 650 institutions, and it gives the information is an easy to read table format:
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Times Magazine also published a World University Ranking with an emphasis on research mission. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings
QS by Staff Writing presents another ranking based on 6 metrics: 1) Academic Reputation 40% 2) Employer Reputation 10% 3) Faculty/Student Ratio 20% 4) Citations per faculty 20% 5) International Faculty Ratio 5% 6) International Student Ratio 5%
Rankings should be used very cautiously as the rankings vary drastically depending on the methodology and the metrics and weights used in the calculation. A student is best served when she does her own research and makes sure that the school can offer what she wants to learn and a learning environment that she can thrive in.