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U.S. News Partnership

We are a proud data partner for U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best Colleges Rankings — National Universities rankings and Best Graduate Schools for Engineering Schools.

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Helping students and researchers explore the best US institutions for diverse needs

Elsevier has partnered with U.S. News & World Report to supply data for the 2024 U.S. Best Colleges Rankingsopens in new tab/window — National Universities rankings, as part of changes to their 2024 methodologyopens in new tab/window. Furthermore, we have expanded our partnership with U.S. News to include the Best Graduate Schools rankings for Engineering Schools, featuring Elsevier's Scopus data.

Scopus Data in U.S. News Best Colleges — National Universities rankings

U.S. News & World Report has chosen to leverage the quality and breadth of Elsevier's Scopus data to accurately measure the research output of U.S. universities. The new methodology places greater emphasis on outcomes such as how often a school's students from all socioeconomic backgrounds earn degrees and graduate with manageable debt.

The U.S. News Best National Universities rankingsopens in new tab/window category, which include schools that offer a range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and PhD programs, now include four new metrics on the research productivity of faculty. The new metrics were calculated using Scopus data extracted via SciVal, a solution that provides access to the research performance of institutions and their associated researchers worldwide.

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The metrics were extracted from SciVal based on Scopus data, and weighted as follows:

  • Citations per Publication (1.25%) or average citation impact.

  • Field-Weighted Citation Impact (1.25%) or citation impact normalized for field, type of publication and year of publication.

  • The share of publications in the top 5% of most cited journals by CiteScore (1%).

  • The share of publications in the top 25% of most cited journals by CiteScore (0.5%).

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Scopus data in U.S. News Best Graduate Schools

We are excited to announce the expansion of our partnership with U.S. News & World Report to include the Best Engineering School rankings, featuring Elsevier's Scopus data.

Elsevier is the exclusive provider of bibliometric data for the U.S. News Best Engineering Schools.

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U.S. News Best Graduate Schools

The Best Graduate Schools category recognizes the academic excellence of US-based graduate programs in various disciplines. Elsevier's bibliometric data supports the rankings for Engineering Schools, providing reliable and comprehensive metrics for evaluating institutions in these rankings.

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U.S. News Best Engineering Schools

Scopus data will also become the exclusive provider of bibliometric data for the U.S. News & World Report Best Engineering Schools rankings. Elsevier is dedicated to providing accurate and comprehensive data for academic institutions and ranking organizations.

Data can help students navigate their education journey

University and college rankings are a valuable tool for people and organizations seeking objective insight into the strengths of universities and colleges. They’re widely used by students, parents, researchers, potential faculty members, funders, industry, and other organizations.

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"The significant changes in this year’s methodology are part of the on-going evolution to make sure our rankings capture what is most important for students...Part of these changes included the addition of faculty research metrics, and these metrics were calculated using Scopus and SciVal data. It is the first time that faculty research has been included in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings methodology."

Eric Brooks


Eric Brooks

Principal Data Analyst at U.S. News

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