Measuring the Impact of the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings on College Admissions

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Measuring the Impact of the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings on College Admissions

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Title: Measuring the Impact of the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings on College Admissions
Author: Hubel, Alec Joshua
Advisor: Banerjee, Biswajit
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Economics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The college rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report have become of considerable concern to the field of higher education. Previous research has found significant impacts between an institution’s rank and its admissions statistics. This paper attempts to quantify the extent of those impacts. Using fixed effects econometric analysis, this paper has found a substantial link between an institution’s rank and acceptance rate, yield rate, volume of applications received, and the standardized test scores of an incoming freshmen class. These results suggest that these more impressive rankings may be correlated with more favorable admissions statistics.
Subject: Universities and colleges -- United States -- Evaluation
Subject: U.S. news & world report
Subject: College applications -- United States
Subject: Universities and colleges -- United States -- Admission
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/6927

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Hubel, Alec Joshua. "Measuring the Impact of the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings on College Admissions". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/6927.

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