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Ranking Spotlight: City College of New York

We discuss what surprising factors make the City College of New York a great university for students who want a high-value degree, earning it a top spot on our college rankings.

April 20, 2023 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Breaking it down: a simple guide to our methodology

Our mission is to show you which colleges are worth your money. Find out how we calculate our rankings to make sure we're providing the most accurate information possible.

March 20, 2023 | by Olga Knezevic

SAT scores and success in life: does everything depend on a high score?

We reveal the surprising link between SAT scores and future earnings and help you determine the best value college with your SAT score.

February 24, 2023 | by Jeremy Coppock

The challenge of ranking Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

HBCUs underperform in our college rankings. But federal earnings data cannot be disaggregated by race. How else can we measure the success of HBCUs?

January 31, 2023 | by Olga Knezevic

What would ending affirmative action mean for college admissions? More than you think.

The legal fate of affirmative action in college admissions is at the top of the 2023 watch list of key developments in higher education. What would this change mean?

January 30, 2023 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

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How we changed our rankings

We made 2 important adjustments to how we rank schools, to account for program ecology...

January 14, 2023 | by David Levy

Public vs private colleges: which type of college is the best investment?

Are private colleges better? We compare public vs private colleges to find out which is...

January 5, 2023 | by Jeremy Coppock

Ranking the Big 10 universities by economic performance 

We evaluate the ROI of attending a Big Ten university. Find out which Big Ten...

October 13, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

We ranked the best college newspapers in 2022 by traffic and engagement

Based on traffic and engagement we've ranked the top performing college newspapers. Check to see...

October 4, 2022 | by David Levy

Why some schools overperform in our rankings

Several lesser-known schools perform extremely well in our ROI-focused rankings. Find out why. 

September 14, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

DegreeChoices Speaks with: Ohio Wesleyan University

The team at Degree Choices spoke with Laren Wenzell, Associate Director of Admission at Ohio...

August 19, 2022 | by Tom Czaban

DegreeChoices Speaks with: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Get tips for success, choosing a major, and the best ways to get the most...

August 12, 2022 | by Olga Knezevic

DegreeChoices Speaks with: Elon University 

We spoke with Kevin Napp, Associate Dean of Admissions and Mandie Corcoran, Regional Assistant Director...

August 11, 2022 | by Olga Knezevic

Problems plague Britain’s new HPI visas

The UK's HPI visa offers graduates from highly ranked universities a chance to live and...

June 20, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

58 Trade school vs. college statistics for 2022

Evaluate trade school vs. college through 2022 statistics covering loans, costs, career opportunities, and more...

May 13, 2022 | by Brandes Gress

Exploring the value of community college baccalaureates

The possibility to earn a bachelor’s degree at a community college can drive equality in...

April 22, 2022 | by Ivy Love

Rural colleges drive workforce development

Education and employment opportunities in rural communities have been declining for decades. Community colleges are...

April 15, 2022 | by Dr. Gregory Hodges

Interview: The Lumina Foundation on post-secondary education

Since 2008, the Lumina Foundation has been on a mission to increase the number of...

April 1, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Why America’s community colleges continue to be important

Community colleges have seen a major decrease in their enrollment numbers for the past decade....

March 18, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Why applications to college may be bouncing back

Recent reports indicate increases in student enrollment applications. We look at the factors that seem...

March 17, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Higher education budgets are set to rebound: what that means for students

State budgets for 2022 seem to be leaning favorably towards higher education. What will more...

February 21, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Is higher education philanthropy finding a new purpose?

Many mega-donations have recently gone to minority-serving colleges. Are big-time donors shifting their priorities?

January 21, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

University price fixing lawsuit may do real damage

The 568 Group's alleged financial aid conspiracy threatens to do greater damage to higher education's...

January 15, 2022 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Prison education across the U.S.

This article from the degree choices team evaluates the US prison education system, highlighting key...

November 4, 2021 | by Olga Knezevic

What you need to know about need-blind admissions

Need-blind admissions helps students who are at a financial disadvantage have an equal opportunity to...

October 27, 2021 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Deconstructing the U.S. News high school rankings

Although rankings are meant to showcase outstanding schools they can be misleading and harmful to...

October 21, 2021 | by David Levy

How veterans can better access meaningful employment

Finding employment that reflects a veteran's experience and knowledge is difficult, but opportunities to resolve...

October 21, 2021 | by Olga Knezevic

Diversity in nursing education

Concordant patient-clinician relationships are an important aspect of the healthcare system which is why diversity...

October 20, 2021 | by Kevin N. Shriner

Is there a solution to the community college enrollment crisis?

COVID has changed many different aspects of our lives including community college enrollment. What are...

October 1, 2021 | by Dr. Michael Nietzel

Corporate hiring: the most in-demand colleges and degrees by Fortune 500 companies

At Degree Choices, we researched which colleges the world's top companies hire from the most, as well...

August 6, 2021 | by Jeremy Coppock