Parchment’s 7th Annual Student Choice College Rankings Reveals the Selections of Nearly 88,000 Students Nationwide

2018 Parchment Student Choice Rankings

“We are excited to release our seventh annual college rankings, revealing the choices of an increasing number of college-bound students nationwide,” said Parchment’s Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Pittinsky, Ph.D.

Parchment, the industry leader in academic credentials management, has announced the results of its 7th Annual Parchment Student Choice College Rankings study, which compares 848 colleges and universities using the self-reported choices of nearly 88,000 first-year, college-bound students throughout the US. These college rankings are unique as the only study that reveals college preferences and enrollment decisions as reported from actual college-bound students.

Each year, high school students send multiple college applications and eagerly wait near their mailbox or email inbox for those highly anticipated admissions decisions. When students receive multiple acceptance letters, they must make the decision to select a specific school. Using a formula similar to the one used to rank chess masters, Parchment helps decipher the meaning of those student choices.

The 2018 ranking reveals that MIT moved up from fifth to capture the top ranking, edging out Pomona College who dropped to fourteenth on the list. Three new names cracked the leader board: Claremont McKenna College, United States Merchant Marine Academy, and Williams College, which, moved up 49 places to snag second place. In addition, Duke University moved up 24 spots to seventeenth, while Smith College climbed 40 spots to number 20.

More liberal arts colleges moved up the ranks this year. California had the most schools ranking in the top 50 with nine institutions, with Massachusetts coming in second with five schools. There is a total of nine new schools that made the top 50 this year compared to last: Brigham Young University-Provo, American University of Paris, University of Northwestern Ohio, University of Waterloo, Evangel University, Texas A & M University-Galveston, United States Merchant Marine Academy and Claremont McKenna College.

“We are excited to release our seventh annual college rankings, revealing the choices of an increasing number of college-bound students nationwide,”…

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