High School Counselor Rankings

National Universities

High School Counselor Rankings Methodology

In spring 2013, we asked guidance counselors from a nationwide sampling of public high schools in the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings that were gold, silver or bronze medal winners, as well as from the largest private independent schools nationwide, to tell us which National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges they think offer the best undergraduate education to their students. They rated the universities on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the top score) or marked "don't know" if they were unfamiliar with that particular college. The two most recent years of survey results, from spring 2012 and spring 2013, were averaged to compute the high school counselor reputation score used in this ranking.

Rank School High school counselor score (out of 5)
#43 University of Washington

Seattle, WA

4.1
#52 Baylor University

Waco, TX

4.0
#52 Brigham Young University—​Provo

Provo, UT

4.0
#52 Clemson University

Clemson, SC

4.0
#52 Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

4.0
#52 Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

4.0
#52 Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

4.0
#52 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick

Piscataway, NJ

4.0
#52 Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

4.0
#52 Texas A&M University—​College Station

College Station, TX

4.0
#52 University of California—​Irvine

Irvine, CA

4.0
#52 University of California—​San Diego

La Jolla, CA

4.0
#52 University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

4.0
#52 University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

4.0
#52 University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

Amherst, MA

4.0
#52 University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

4.0
#52 Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

4.0
#52 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

4.0
#69 American University

Washington, DC

3.9
#69 Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

3.9
#69 Howard University 1

Washington, DC

3.9
#69 Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

3.9
#69 Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

3.9
#69 Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

3.9
#69 Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

3.9
#69 University of California—​Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

3.9
#69 University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

3.9
#69 University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

3.9
#69 University of Georgia

Athens, GA

3.9
#69 University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

3.9
#69 University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

3.9
#69 University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

3.9
#69 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

3.9
#69 University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

3.9
#85 Binghamton University—​SUNY

Binghamton, NY

3.8
#85 Clark University

Worcester, MA

3.8
#85 Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

3.8
#85 George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

3.8
#85 Iowa State University

Ames, IA

3.8
#85 Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

3.8
#85 Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Brooklyn, NY

3.8
#85 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​Newark

Newark, NJ

3.8
#85 Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

3.8
#85 Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

3.8
#85 St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

3.8
#85 Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

3.8
#85 Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

3.8
#85 University of Delaware

Newark, DE

3.8
#85 University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

3.8
#85 University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

3.8

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