- Forbes ranks are based on outcome or return on investment, and they also rank the individual components that go into their overall ranking.
- Princeton Review ranks by 62 specific criteria, broadly categorized as academic, campus, town, politics, social, extra curricular, school type, and quality of life.
- PayScale provides ranking based on pay of graduates who do not go on to do higher studies.
While US News and Princeton rankings are based on “input” criteria (faculty pay/education, student selectivity, peer reputation, etc.), Forbes and PayScale measure the outcome (alumni pay, graduation rate, charity contributions by alumni, student awards, etc).