Each year, organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes, and others release a list of the nation’s best schools. The lists are based on everything from graduation and retention rates to student selectivity. Because these organizations are considered the authority on the best schools, hundreds of “top schools” lists have cropped up. The people behind these lists, typically students, alums, bloggers, and small publishers, focus on a variety of other factors. These factors are usually considered priority because they may affect the student’s pocketbook and maybe even his social life.