The U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Rankings first divides colleges into different groups based on their mission, program offerings, and location. Each college then submits information on 16 indicators of academic excellence as determined by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report staff weights each indicator based on their judgment of how much that factor matters. A composite weighted score is calculated for colleges and universities, which are then ranked against fellow peers in their category.
In the latest rankings, Bellarmine is 16th in the Regional Universities (South) category.
The Princeton Review's Best Colleges list is based on surveys taken by students at each institution. The survey consists of more than 80 questions divided into four main categories: About Yourself, Your School's Academics/Administration, Students, and Life at Your School. Each college is given a composite score for its students' answers to each question. According to The Princeton Review, "these scores enable us to compare student opinion from college to college and to tally the ranking lists." The lists are based solely on the student survey results.
Bellarmine is included in the 2014 Edition of Best Colleges.
The College Board's BigFuture platform creates profiles for colleges and universities based on their answers for The College Board's annual college survey, which is largely based on the Common Data Set. BigFuture provides a way for prospective college students and parents to discover what institution is right for them.
Nelnet's Peterson's is similar to BigFuture. Rather than ranking institutions, they focus on providing comprehensive profiles so that prospective students and parents can find the right college that fits their needs.
The University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) is also like BigFuture andPeterson's, except that it focuses solely on private, non-profit colleges and universities. The platform delivers comparable data so that prospective students and parents can make an informed choice.