College rankings are lists published by a variety of organizations, and used by students, families, and school counselors to guide them in the college search process. College rankings are subjective and not necessarily an accurate indicator of quality or value. Organizations develop their own ranking criteria, methodology, and biases. Just because a magazine says that a particular college is “#1”, that doesn't mean it would be a good fit for you. Lots of intangibles and variables that might be important to you as an individual, such as student engagement or how supportive faculty is outside the classroom, aren’t included in the ranking profiles. Be sure to check out the formula used in a college ranking before considering the list.