One significant annual higher education-related rite is the release of "best colleges" rankings from U.S. News and The Princeton Review. The effect they have on high school students and their families is dramatic and controversial, to say the least. Check out the many levels of reactions to them, both pro and con, on College Confidential's discussion forums.
Among those reactions every year comes the question: What other rankings are out there? Well, there are quite a few. I won't list them here, but if you're looking for variety, you can start with some of these. I've cruised many rankings lists over the years and am always surprised about the different approaches used to decide which colleges are on top and why they're thought to be the best.