How we ranked the top 20 college campuses in America

Business Insider recently released a list of the top college campuses based on a compilation of several rankings from The Princeton Review’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings.

In order to determine the lists that were included in our ranking, we looked for categories that would show a campus’ architecture, facilities, and services in a positive light.

Here are the rankings we compiled for our list:

    Best College Library

    Great Financial Aid

    Best Career Services

    Best Health Services

    Best Campus Food

    Best College Dorms

    Most Beautiful Campus

    Easiest Campus to Get Around

    Best Quality of Life

    Town-Gown Relations are Great

    College City Gets High Marks

The Princeton Review publishes the top-20 campuses for each of those 11 categories. We gave schools between 0 and 1 point if they were included in the top 20 for each ranking, with a higher position on The Princeton Review ranking earning a higher score. So, for each of the sub-rankings, schools appearing in the top 20 received between 0.05 points (20th best) and 1 point (first in ranking).

For example, Penn State had the 20th best college library, earning it 0.05, or 1/20, points; the fourth best career services, earning 0.85, or 17/20 points; and the third best health services, earning 0.9, or 18/20, points. Adding those up, Penn State had a composite score of 1.8, which was the 16th highest among the schools.