NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rowdy, rigorous, beautiful, liberal, conservative...college students have never been more spoiled when it comes to choosing the ideal campus for their studies. Newsweek's third annual college rankings will help students (and parents) find the best fit for them. Check out our lists and see which school's made the grade in affordability, happiness, and more key metrics. Plus, for the first time, we ranked the nation's top fraternities and sororities.
To create the rankings, Newsweek partnered with College Prowler and used data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Institute for College Access & Success, PayScale, CollegeView, and the College Board. Usable and rigorous, these comparisons aim to give college-stressed students a bit of breathing room to make the right decision for them.
Among the findings, Sacred Heart in Connecticut came out as the least affordable, West Virginia as the top party school, Warren Wilson as the most liberal school and Florida's Ave Maria University came out as the most conservative.