Accurate private university ranking methodologies have evolved considerably in recent years. Under traditional survey-based reputational rankings, private universites tend to do substantially better. This is largely due to survey group bias, and reputation over-weighting in these traditional methodologies.
Under more methodologies pioneered by our RealRank analytics, the best private univesities still can do well. However, you will not see them as the exclusive top-3 as you may see in the traditional rankings year after year. This is because of the inherent flaws in the traditional methodologies that fail to accurately measure real-world factors of academic excellence, renown, and an environment reflective of the real world in which graduates much operate.
Although the best private universities still can rank well among universities as a whole, many bear inherent flaws in their academic environment, holding back their students from real world success and promoting tribal group siloing that has enhanced societal conflicts as a whole. For example many private universities trail far behind in academic breadth, renown and diversity analytics. Some prvate uniiversities still resort to discriminatory practices such as social ranking, which would be illegal under the equal protection clause of the Constitution if practiced by public institutions. These practices, although with a laudable theory, tend in practice to result in impairing racial, economic and personal background diversitiy in the student body, and even in the staff/faculty ranks. You could say they lag behind in systemic factors that the many public institutions have handled better, to the benefit of their students, academic environment, and economic and social mobility opportunity.
Here is our ranking of all the public universities that have qualified in at least one of the Brook Report acamic major categories. We continue to analyze new majors and add them to our database, so periodically we will be updating this listing to reflect the expanding methodology. However, this snapshot reflects an accurate academic cross-section among different broad discipline groups such as – arts, sciences, engineering, agriculture, public policy, education and business.