Of course, the (arguably, perhaps) best know rankings are those published every late summer by U.S. News. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are the ones that high schoolers drool over and parents scratch their heads over. Some colleges even commit technical crimes (numerical manipulation) in order to climb a rung or two on the old U.S. Newsrankings ladder.
After surveying the myriad versions of other people's opinions about which are the “best" colleges, one would think that all avenues of ranking criteria have been exhausted. Not so fast there!