Each year, U.S. News provides huge assistance to students, parents, and education professionals like ourselves by compiling the college rankings for U.S. colleges and universities. We find this information extremely helpful, and use it as a resource. If you are not familiar with it, then we encourage you to check it out. If you are familiar with this list, then see where your "Top 5" college picks rank.
A best practice for anyone engaged in the college selection process is to remain as informed as possible. Be deliberate in your research.