College Factual Chosen as College Rankings Data Provider for USA TODAY College Guide 2016.

College Factual, a leading education technology company and provider of data-driven, value-based college rankings is the college rankings data provider for USA TODAY’s College Guide 2016.  The College Guide provides data for over 550 undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities and will be available beginning September 16 at newsstands throughout the U.S. and online via  USA Today Online Store - Education.  The guide is regularly read by over 100,000 U.S. households. 

The College Guide collaboration is one aspect of the partnership between the two organizations which began in 2014.  College Factual provides USA Today College with popular, twice-weekly higher education content based on College Factual’s unique, outcome-based college rankings tools.

 “Our audience has shown a tremendous interest in rankings, from several angles, not the least of which is comparing and contrasting institutions during their college search,” said Patrick Foster, USA Today.
“The College Factual data-based rankings provide a fresh and relevant alternative to the other rankings available from the mainstream media. We’ve also seen a tremendous interest in rankings for sports, as well as religion, factors that are important to students but don’t always receive attention from main news sources."

Says Bill Phelan, CEO of College Factual,

“Our mission is helping people make better, more informed decisions about higher education.  We do this by providing college rankings, in-depth content and insights, as well as advanced decision making tools.  We are proud to support USA Today in their effort of helping their readers by offering us as a valuable resource”.

About College Factual

College Factual ( provides unique proprietary college content and insights, college rankings and an extensive array of college-comparison and decision-making tools helping students find their best-fit, best school and best deal in higher education. The company also provides insights, rankings and badges to help colleges identify and market their strengths effectively.

About USA Today

USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms.