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Dartmouth College
B+ 8.0
State University of New York - New Paltz
B+ 7.9
Brown University
B+ 7.9
University of California - Santa Barbara
B+ 7.6
University of Wisconsin - Madison
B 7.2
Ohio Wesleyan University
B 7.2
University of Tampa
B 7.2
University of Puget Sound
B 7.1
Northwestern University
B 7.0
California State University - San Marcos
B 7.0
Colorado Christian University
B 6.9
Tulane University of Louisiana
B 6.9
Mount Holyoke College
B 6.9
Brandeis University
B 6.8
Grinnell College
B 6.8
Skidmore College
B 6.8
Harvard University
B 6.7
Gettysburg College
B 6.7
Franklin and Marshall College
B 6.6
Austin Peay State University
B 6.6
Kennesaw State University
B 6.6
Georgia State University
B 6.6
University of Texas - Austin
B 6.6
Rice University
B 6.6
Hampshire College
B 6.6
Wesleyan University
B- 6.5
Drew University
B- 6.5
McDaniel College
B- 6.5
State University of New York Purchase College
B- 6.5
University of Vermont
B- 6.5
College of Wooster
B- 6.5
Texas State University
B- 6.5
Grand Canyon University
B- 6.4
Ramapo College of New Jersey
B- 6.4
Stetson University
B- 6.3
University of California - Berkeley
B- 6.3
George Washington University
B- 6.3
Washington State University
B- 6.3
University of Maryland - College Park
B- 6.2
Cornell University
B- 6.2
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
B- 6.2
Roanoke College
B- 6.2
James Madison University
B- 6.2
University of Montana
B- 6.1
Hampton University
B- 6.1
Ithaca College
B- 6.1
Appalachian State University
B- 6.1
University of Houston
B- 6.1
Northern Illinois University
B- 6.1
Juniata College
B- 6.0


About this College Ranking

Removing bad surveys
    Student Surveys are filtered of duplicate and “invalid” surveys prior to ranking.  Invalid surveys are those that are not self-consistent, reflecting a corrupting effect on the data, either accidental or with intent.  We have found that certain inclined students survey their “competing” schools, giving artificially bad (or good of their own school) reviews.  While we do not wish to point any fingers, we have been able to link up several groupings of falsified data with admissions staff at some universities. 
    5,000 valid surveys were analyzed statistically, and a gaussian matrix was created to model the survey patterns within and between surveys. 
We can now identify those surveys that: vary too little, vary too much, have fields that do not covary properly, or are inconsistent.  (i.e.  rating the university as an A for friendliness, but then complaining either about the people or the social life).  In addition, a rule-base system was created to identify duplicates and model trends of surveys from the same machine. 
This allows us to be able to identify if a person is falsifying many surveys.  FFT analysis is employed to determine the “data content” of each survey as well, providing more information for modeling. 
    The resulting filter, correlation matrix, and survey model is applied uniformly to all surveys.  Out of 7,500 undergraduate student surveys, 483 surveys were rendered invalid.  Inspection of the invalid surveys revealed a failure rate of 5%.  (24 of the 483 surveys were actually “good",2.5).

How is rank computed?

    The generic quick answer is that it is the average of student opinion ratings minus “variability of score”.  The “variability of score” is larger for low numbers of surveys, meaning that that school's ranking position is less trustably high or low.  Strict statistical variance is not instructive here because 'variance' is computed within a group of surveys — with only 1 survey, there is no variance.

The 'Variability' function decreases with the size of the sample set, applied equally to all institutions, making it an acceptably fair accounting form.  After 5 surveys, the variability of score drops to less than .3; after 10 surveys, it is less than .1.  After 20 surveys, there no significant variability in position.  Essentially, each school's score converges to a position as the number of surveys increases.

More specifically, Rank is computed by multiplying the importance of each variable selected by that variable and adding together.  The average of all matching surveys for a particular school is then taken.  From this, a 'variability' is computed — this is based upon the number of surveys.  If there is only 1 survey, and it ranks a school at a 10, then 1 more survey could come in, ranking a '0', which would give the school average a 5 (10/(1+1) = 5).  This is the lowest that the school 'could' be — given 1 more survey.  So this 'variability' is subtracted from the overall score, reducing it.  In this manner, schools that have more surveys have a more believable average than school with only 1 survey. 


Sociology Major unemployment rate

_SociologyAll Majors
Minimum Wage%4%4
All Others%90%88
More: Unemployment for all Majors *** not counting stay at home parents *** not counting those currently in grad school

Are things going well in Sociology?

Going Well%84
Not Going Well%16
More: All Majors Satisfaction ??? This is a social "life satisfaction" question. Overall, would people who graduated with a degree in Sociology say that their life is going well? It could be interpreted in terms of stress, salary, long hours, future prospects, etc. *** not counting those currently in grad school

Graduates who stayed in Sociology

Still in Field%59
Got out%41
More: All Majors Still in field ??? A high "got out" percentage can be interpreted a couple of ways -- for instance, perhaps the major is a great stepping stone to becoming a totally different career -- like a doctor. Or perhaps the jobs one gets with the major just aren't that great. *** not counting those currently in grad school

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