Best Schools? The Alt Guides

A look at the competitors to the Princeton Review and U.S. News rankings

It's a fall tradition. U.S. News & World Report's best-colleges guide hits newsstands--in the new edition, Harvard and Princeton tie for best university, and Williams takes the top liberal-arts slot--and sets off the annual controversy over how the magazine ranks schools. But this year the granddaddy of college ratings has a slew of new competitors. A guide to the alternatives. --By Jeninne Lee-St. John

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