The Ranking Methodology

At The Best Colleges, our ranking methodology relies on the h-index to assess the influence and impact of degree programs, colleges, and universities.

This objective metric examines the publication and citation numbers of academics and institutions, providing insight into their academic prominence. Through h-index calculations, we can evaluate the academic influence not only of individual entities but also of states and entire countries.

We utilize h-index calculators from various databases, including Scopus, Google Scholar, and Academic Influence, each deriving its own h-index scores from its respective database.

In addition to the H-Index, we utilize data from College Navigator, the National Center for Education Statistics, and information from university and college websites. To ensure our rankings remain current, we double-check the information for each school, college, and university using these sources.