The Best Colleges for You
Merrefield, Clark, Yarett, Ian, Streib, Lauren, Newsweek
Byline: Clark Merrefield, Lauren Streib, and Ian Yarett
Jock or nerd? Partier or activist? International student coming to America or American looking to go abroad? Choosing a college isn't a one-size-fits-all decision. This edition of NEWSWEEK's rankings breaks down the best schools in America--for 25 different types of student.
Choosing a college isn't unlike choosing a spouse: both are momentous decisions that alter your life path and stick with you, in theory, until your last breath. Only one of them, however, is imposed upon our nation's brightest minds around the time they turn 18.
As researchers have quantified the stakes, and the available information about prospective schools soars, the pressure to pick correctly has become increasingly acute. The process starts much earlier than it did a generation ago, and it foments months of stress for parents and high-schoolers alike.
That's why Newsweek's philosophy is that different schools are best for different types of students, and why for this year's rankings we developed 25 different lists, analyzing the 25 best schools in each of those niches. …