Washington Monthly creates a review method that places low-income and privileged students on equal footing.

How many of these colleges do you recognize? NYU, Boston College, Northwestern, Knox College, Creighton, Marquette. Chances are the first three you’ve encountered — even if only in passing. What about the other three? If their name recognition seems to slip your mind, it’s not because they aren’t good schools; rather, their prestige doesn’t always rank high on the U.S. News & World Report’s yearly college ranking, a powerful barometer for influencing the perceived quality of higher education.

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