Our Data

Where does Niche’s data come from?

Niche.com content comes from a variety of sources, including student, parent, and resident surveys, school administrators, and government databases. This data is then used to generate our rankings and power our school profiles and search tools. If you are a college or university administrator and would like to update your school's information, including photos, videos, and events, please create a free account. Otherwise, if you find a piece of data that is inaccurate or out of date, please contact us.

To help better explain where our content comes from, we’ve compiled a detailed source list separated by content type below.

% Factual Information

Our factual information comes from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Department of Education's NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) and IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), the U.S. Census Bureau's Five Year ACS (American Community Survey), the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Common Data Sets (reports released by some colleges and universities), and the Niche community (including participating school administrators who update their school’s information on our website).

👍 Reviews and Polls

Reviews and polls are submitted by current students, parents, and alumni who have registered for our site. Both are factored into our school rankings. College reviews and polls can be submitted by current college students and recent alumni within the College Survey. High school reviews and polls can be submitted by current high school students, parents, and recent alumni within the High School Survey.

🍏 K-12 Rankings

Our K-12 school rankings are calculated by comparing a school’s assessment scores on state assessment tests with other schools in their state. Note that individual states have unique standards of proficiency, making a comparison of grades between schools only relevant within the same state.

🏦 College Rankings

Our college rankings cover a variety of student life topics and are based on three types of data: reviews, polls, and facts/statistics. For a given topic, rankings are determined by calculating a total score for each school based on a variety of factors from each data type. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that topic and are translated into a final grade that reflects the school's performance in that topic as compared to the performance of all other ranked schools. A given school is not ranked until a minimum threshold of student surveys is completed for that school. Rankings for all schools are updated every Saturday morning to account for new student surveys and newly ranked schools.

🔖 Majors

Content on college majors comes from many of the same sources as our school content, including IPEDS, student surveys, and school administrators, as well as a few additional sources, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET, and state/regional organizations.

Scholarship Listings

Our scholarship database is powered by SuperCollege.com, one of the largest and most up-to-date scholarship databases available.