"For the first time, the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, the perhaps best-known and in some circles, most controversial, college guide, factored student debt in its rating of schools.
To determine colleges’ rankings, which were revealed Monday, U.S. News took into account the average amount of federal student debt undergraduates leave the school with and the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who borrowed federal student loans.
Adding those two factors into the mix of indicators shifted some of the weight the organization places on other metrics. For example, the value placed on standardized test scores and alumni giving were subsequently reduced. " ...https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-news-best-colleges-rankings-will-take-colleges-average-debt-load-into-account-for-the-first-time-11600075147