For the most accurate college, university ranking, people will always use the usnews as a reference but there's something that I don't understand. Let see some specific examples, because I live in texas so I will use TX schools as references.
Rice is ranked #14 in national university, but their undergrad engineering only ranked #20, but Texas A&M ranked 14 in engineering, UT ranked # 11. In business program, rice is unranked, A&M ranked about #30 and UT is #5, so by that logical sense, UT and A&M should be ranked high in national university but they were ranked very low, UT is #56 in and A&M is #69.
The only thing that would make sense for rice (and so many other schools similar to rice like emory, tufts) to make their nationally ranked high is because of their low acceptance rate, but that wouldn't even make sense. By that reason, ut arlington, texas tech should be better than UIUC and Virginia tech since they have lower acceptance rate, similarly, by that reason, trinity university should be better than university of Washington. But we all know that ut arlington, texas tech, trinity not even close when comparing to UIUC, Virginia tech or UW.
Why is this happening, why some university like rice, emory, tufts, boston univ, etc had such a high ranked place in national university? Why is it not UT, A&M, UIUC, Virginia tech? Thanks you!