2017 College Year in Review

2017 College Year in Review

How are students’ tastes and preferences changing when it comes to college?

We’ve highlighted some of the 2016-2017 college school year trends among our users as they explore colleges. Take a look at our new rankings to see the results:

Click above or scroll through to view the results of our 2017 College Year in Review!

Top 10 Most Popular Colleges in 2017

These are the Niche profiles most visited during the 2016-2017 school year. Check out the favorites!

Rank College Page views
Rank 1
Page views 244,824
Rank 2
Page views 198,236
Rank 3
College Penn State
Page views 191,814
Rank 4
Page views 191,226
Rank 5
Page views 177,793
Rank 6
Page views 173,137
Rank 7
Page views 172,033
Rank 8
Page views 162,126
Rank 9
Page views 160,677
Rank 10
Page views 155,317

Popular Types of Colleges in 2017

Which types of colleges are students going to? Below we list the percentage of our users who added the different types of colleges to their list:

Note: some of these categories are not mutually exclusive.
College Type % of Users Interested
College Type Traditional, 4-year
% of Users Interested 96.2%
College Type Community College
% of Users Interested 15.5%
College Type Career College
% of Users Interested 8.4%
College Type Liberal Arts College
% of Users Interested 17.7%
College Type Public University
% of Users Interested 86.8%
College Type Private, non-profit
% of Users Interested 62.1%
College Type In-State College
% of Users Interested 86.3%
College Type Out-of-State College
% of Users Interested 55.1%
College Type Private, for-profit
% of Users Interested 7.7%

The Top 10 Highest Rated Colleges in 2017

Maybe these schools aren’t in the popular crowd, but the students who attend these schools sure do love them! Here are the top 10 schools with the best average star ratings on Niche:

Rank College Average Star Rating
Rank 1
Average Star Rating 4.03
Rank 2
Average Star Rating 4.01
Rank 3
Average Star Rating 4.01
Rank 4
Average Star Rating 3.96
Rank 5
Average Star Rating 3.95
Rank 6
Average Star Rating 3.94
Rank 7
Average Star Rating 3.93
Rank 8
Average Star Rating 3.93
Rank 9
Average Star Rating 3.92
Rank 10
Average Star Rating 3.91
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Author: Alex Caffee

Marketing and Business Analyst at Niche. Dessert aficionado. Found my Niche in Pittsburgh, PA!

2017 College Year in Review