2024-2025 Top World University Rankings Coming June 25 | Morse code: Inside the college rankings

On Tuesday, June 25, US News will publish the 2024-2025 edition The world’s best universities rankings that focus on academic research and reputation. This ranking allows students to see how universities stack up against global competition. Students can use these rankings to compare universities – including US colleges – globally, regionally and within their country, as well as by field.

The overall ranking of the world’s best universities will include the top 2,250 universities, up from 2,000 last year. The overall ranking includes universities from more than 100 countries, an increase from the last ranking of 95 countries.

US News will once again publish five regional rankings of the best universities in Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe and Latin America. In addition, country-by-country rankings will be published again this year. In this 2024-2025 edition, US News will publish more than 45 country rankings, including these 12 countries with a large number of ranked schools: Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain. , Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In addition, there will be 51 separate subject rankings in fields such as clinical medicine, computer science and engineering, up from 47 last year. The four new subject rankings are:

  • Ecology (250 schools evaluated)
  • Green and Sustainable Science and Technology (250 ranked schools)
  • Environmental Engineering (250 schools rated)
  • Marine and Freshwater Biology (100 rated schools)

US News will continue to publish the 47 subject area rankings included in last year’s edition and listed below. In 21 of these existing subject rankings, more schools will be rated this year. These rankings are marked with an asterisk below.

  1. Agricultural Sciences (400 assessed)*
  2. Artificial Intelligence (200 in rating)*
  3. Arts and Humanities (250 rated)
  4. Biology and Biochemistry (750 in order)*
  5. Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology (250 in order)
  6. Heart and Cardiovascular System (250 rated)
  7. Cell Biology (250 rated)
  8. Chemical Engineering (250 in sequence)
  9. Chemistry (1,500 rated)*
  10. Civil Engineering (250 rated)*
  11. Clinical Medicine (1000 rated)
  12. Computer Science (750 rated)
  13. Condensed Matter Physics (250 rated)
  14. Economics and Business (400 rated)*
  15. Education and Pedagogical Research (100 in order)
  16. Electrical Engineering and Electronics (500 in order)
  17. Endocrinology and Metabolism (250 rated)
  18. Energy and Fuels (400 rated)*
  19. Mechanical Engineering (1,000 rated)
  20. Environment/Ecology (1000 rated)*
  21. Food Science and Technology (250 in order)
  22. Gastroenterology and Hepatology (200 in order)
  23. Geosciences (500 rated)*
  24. Immunology (250 rated)
  25. Infectious diseases (250 evaluated)*
  26. Materials Science (1000 rated)*
  27. Mathematics (500 graded)*
  28. Mechanical Engineering (200 in order)
  29. Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (100 in order)
  30. Microbiology (250 rated)
  31. Molecular Biology and Genetics (400 in sequence)
  32. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (400 evaluated)*
  33. Neuroscience and Behavior (500 rated)*
  34. Oncology (500 rated)*
  35. Optics (250 rated)
  36. Pharmacology and Toxicology (500 evaluated)*
  37. Physical Chemistry (750 in assessment)*
  38. Physics (1000 rated)*
  39. Plant and Animal Science (500 rated)
  40. Polymer Science (200 rated)
  41. Psychiatry/Psychology (500 rated)*
  42. Public, environmental and occupational health (500 rated)*
  43. Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging (250 in order)
  44. Social Sciences and Public Health (750 assessed)*
  45. Space Science (250 rated)
  46. Surgery (250 rated)
  47. Water resources (100 rated)

To create the global rankings, which are based on data and metrics provided by Clarivate, US News uses a methodology that focuses on factors that measure research performance. Indicators for the overall ranking include indicators that measure the university’s global and regional reputation and academic research output using bibliometric indicators such as citations and publications.

For subject-specific rankings, US News uses a separate methodology based on the results of academic research in each subject. These subject ratings do not include academic fields, departments, or specific schools within the university, such as business or medical school. US News uses various bibliometric measures, including publications and citations, as well as indicators of global and regional reputation in each specific subject area.

Members of the media: For access to the World’s Best Universities 2024-2025 materials in advance, please email Education-PR@usnews.com.

Top Engineering Schools to be Posted on June 18 | Morse code: Inside the college rankings

On June 18, 2024, US News will release its 2024 Best Engineering Schools rankings, including an overall ranking of nearly 200 PhD-granting engineering schools. Rankings across 13 majors, such as chemical engineering and mechanical engineering, will also be published.

In line with last year’s revamped methodology, half of each school’s ranking is based on research activity, while the remaining combined factors make up the other half. US News favors this approach because research productivity is a core attribute of a department that accepts PhD students.

The increased research focus is consistent with diversifying the core metrics used to measure engineering research so that each school’s ranking is not overly dependent on a single measure.

To be clear, total dollar amounts of external research expenditures at technical schools are a reliable indicator of research activity. These metrics also reflect the American Society for Engineering Education standardized definitionwhich includes only activity tied to grants and contracts budgeted for research from appropriate external sources, including federal, state, local, and foreign governments, industry, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.

However, total expenditure is not the only factor to consider when evaluating a school’s research activity. One limitation is that while these aggregates indicate the quantity of research an engineering school is doing, they tell less about the quality and impact of that research.

Bibliometric data helps quality. How often a publication is cited in other research, especially in top journals, shows whether the publication has made a positive impression in schools. As a result, US News reduced by 10 percentage points the weight placed on research grant indicators and replaced them with the following four new bibliometric evaluation factors: citations per publication, field-weighted citation impact, and shares of publications cited in the top 5% and top 25% of the most cited journals.

The number of citations per publication is the total number of citations divided by the total number of publications for each engineering school. Field-weighted citation impact is the citation impact per article, normalized for each engineering discipline to account for the fact that some disciplines are more likely to be cited than others. The remaining two factors account for the range of publications that appear in top journals.

The data reflects a time span of five calendar years, 2019-2023, and was calculated and compiled by Elsevier, a global leader in information and analytics.

Note that all statistics are scaled, meaning they measure the impact of research produced rather than quantity. This was done on purpose for several reasons. First, it was in response to a 2023 ASEE survey of its members, many of whom argued that the rating formula was heavily weighted in rewarding schools for their size. Second, it meant that logical issues regarding the publications that Elsevier attributed to each engineering school did not play a role in how each school performed.

US News and Elsevier went to great lengths to compile bibliometric statistics for each school based on comprehensive records that followed a standardized approach. Data were derived from how publication authors identified their school, research centers, and laboratories. Specifically, Elsevier used advanced clustering technology to map affiliate text from five peer-reviewed document types—articles, conference papers, reviews, books, and book chapters—to organizational identifiers.

In early May 2024, engineering schools received a full list of affiliates and their name variants that Elsevier mapped to their schools. Schools could offer other name variations that they felt were missing.

This approach was undoubtedly subject to the limitations of how faculty identified their affiliation with the school in publications. However, the requirement to explicitly identify the school best ensured that only relevant publications would be used in the ranking. Other approaches fail this test.

For example, mapping publications using faculty names instead of school attribution, as some schools suggested, would result in the inclusion of publications not associated with the corresponding engineering school, in part because faculty may have changed institutions during the five-year period. Relying on the 199 schools to self-report comparable information about eligible faculty would also undermine the benefit of using third-party data.

Finally, this is a ranking of engineering schools, not individuals working in engineering departments. This is why it is important to focus on technical school affiliations. But to confirm that the list of publications used in the ranking was subject to a methodical approach, US News will not publish the total number of publications of the schools on its website.

The goal of the rankings is to help prospective graduate students better understand their options for improving their skills, specializing in areas of interest, and obtaining leadership opportunities that lead to higher salaries. More sophisticated rankings better inform these choices. The latest revisions to the 2024 Best Engineering Schools ranking methodology help provide a more complete assessment of schools’ research activity by supplementing research grant statistics with data on the impact of that spending.

Top High Schools Ranking 2024 Apr 23 | Morse code: Inside the college rankings

On April 23, US News will announce the year 2024 Best high schools ranking that will include searchable profiles on nearly 25,000 public high schools.

Among them, nearly 18,000 eligible schools will be ranked using six indicators. Students ranked highest with students who excelled above expectations on state assessments, took and passed a diverse array of college-level exams, and graduated in high numbers.

The six measures and weights that determined each school’s ranking for 2024 will be the same as those used in previous years. RTI Internationalone of the world’s leading research institutes, worked with US News to implement a rating methodology that uses value-added indicators that reflect how well high schools serve all students, not just those who plan to go. College.

This will be the first release in years that US News has had access to the most recent statewide rating data. Adjustments have been made in the latest editions to reflect the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on testing in 2020-2021. In this edition, schools in nearly every state were ranked using 2021-2022 data on their test scores, graduation rates and college readiness. This was again measured by participation and performance in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.

Schools that lacked usable assessment data available from their state education agencies—often due to the state’s suppression of certain state assessment results at the school—were not rated. Schools too new to have a 12th grade class that served a specific specialized population or were private schools were also not rated.

In addition to the main national rankings, US News will publish separate numerical rankings for all high schools by state, county and metropolitan region. The Best High Schools for STEM will again be a national ranking of the top 250 schools with students who excelled on AP science and math tests.

The detailed methodology will be published after the publication of the rankings on April 23. It will contain a table indicating the assessment year on which the individual state assessment indicators were based.

US News also publishes profiles of each school to give parents access to the latest information about schools of interest. The information contained in these profiles—including enrollment, ethnic diversity, Title I status, and address—reflects the U.S. Department of Education’s most recent Common Core data for 2022-2023.

What to Look for in a Reach Law School | Admission procedure for law

The law school application process is rooted in sincere dreams. Only a tightly held dream can carry the applicant through the gauntlet required for admission, from take the LSAT or GRE patiently endure months on a waiting list.

For many applicants, the most enjoyable part of this process is identifying their dream schools. It can be fun to imagine life there and learn about the opportunities they provide.

If you are applying to a wide range of law schools – I recommend it at least a dozen – then it makes sense to aim high and include a handful of schools whose selectivity puts them on the edge of your reach.

It’s important to be realistic, of course. There is no point in wasting money and time applying to a school where your chances are slim. But even if your GPA and test scores put you below the median for the school you have your heart set on, you have nothing to lose if you give it your all.

However, once you start adding reach schools to your list, it can be hard to know where to draw the line between a longshot and a school that’s completely out of reach. Here are a few factors to consider when determining which one Faculty of Law they are truly within reach.

Start with statistics

Every year, every accredited law school publishes statistics for their entry into the classroom, through their 509 disclosure to the American Bar Association. These disclosures include not only median GPA and LSAT scoresbut also the 25th and 75th percentiles.

It is certainly possible to get into law school if you are a “splitter” with your GPA or LSAT below the median. However, if both of these stats are well below the school’s 25th percentile, the school may be out of reach.

Remember that applicants admitted with below-average stats are not randomly selected. They were accepted despite these weaknesses because they were competitive candidates in other ways. Or there may be circumstances that make these numbers less relevant, as in older applicants many years removed from their college classes.

So if you can’t provide a convincing explanation for your low performance or you have other reasons to feel confident, stick with law schools whose medians are within your stats.

Consider your strengths

Grades and test scores are important, but they are not the only thing decisive factors in accepting rights. Ultimately, every law school strives to build a diverse class that is balanced in many ways, from students’ personal and professional backgrounds to their interests and goals.

Not only are there many “soft factors” that can help you beat your numbers, but different law schools may be looking for different kinds of candidates.

For example, some law schools expressly prefer candidates with a substantial work experiencewhile others are more concerned with academic achievement.

A law school with a center for national security law or members of the clinic’s help desk may be particularly open to applicants who are veterans.

Faculty of Law with a strong mission of social justice can accept students with experience overcoming discrimination or bias or promoting diversity and inclusion, even if they have had an uneven educational journey.

Look for a personal connection

Writing a heartfelt plea to law school admissions officers that you’ve always dreamed of attending their law school probably won’t move the needle on achieving the school. Law schools are looking for students who are excited to attend, but there is little benefit to extraordinary eagerness.

If you plan to make a passionate case, make sure it’s based on an understanding of what makes the law school unique, rather than its prestige or reputation.

It can be helpful to have a real personal connection to the law school, such as family or family ties geography. Many law schools prefer students from the local community or students with family members who have attended or worked in law school.

Public schools often have an explicit mission to serve local residents and may especially value applicants from underserved rural, low-income, or Indigenous community within the state. If you are religious, you may also want to consider a private law school with a religious mission in line with your own.

While it can be fun to fantasize about dream schools, don’t let your target list lean toward the aspirational end of the spectrum. A balanced list should include several middle band or “Goldilocks” schools where your chances are fair, along with a few solid ones security schools.

If these basics are covered, there is no harm in applying to the school. It would be a shame to regret never taking a chance on the school of your dreams.