- + WHAT ARE YOUR RATING GUIDELINES?
Check out our Site Guidelines for a list of acceptable rating guidelines.
- + WHY CAN'T I SEE THE RATINGS FOR THE PROFESSOR I ADDED, AND WHY IS HIS/HER NAME LISTED IN GRAY?
Before your newly added professor is displayed in our search results, your entry will need to be verified and approved by our moderators in the order it’s received. Grayed out professors have not yet been approved by our moderators.
NOTE: Submitting a duplicate professor could cause further delay, so hold tight and check back soon!
- + WILL A PROFESSOR KNOW THAT I HAVE RATED HIM/HER?
Nope! We don't display any of your personal information anywhere on the site. Though you have the option of creating an account, an account is not required to post a rating and comment. Whether you choose to create a registered account or not, all ratings submitted will remain anonymous!
- + AREN'T MOST OF THE RATINGS ON THE SITE NEGATIVE FROM STUDENTS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET EVEN WITH THEIR PROFESSORS?
No way! Well over half of the ratings on the site are positive. In fact, each year, we compile a list of the top professors based on ratings and comments from students. Find out this year's highest rated professors here.
- + WHY WAS MY COMMENT DELETED?
Comments that are inconsistent with Site Guidelines are removed by our moderators.
- + CAN I FLAG A COMMENT OR PROFESSOR NOTE THAT I THINK SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM YOUR SITE?
Yes, you can. Flag comments or professor notes by clicking "report this rating" on the comment or note in question, and our moderators will review. Comments and notes that are inconsistent with Site Guidelines will be removed.
- + HOW DO YOU TALLY YOUR RATINGS?
When rating a professor, refer to these definitions of Rate My Professors' ratings categories.
A professor’s Overall Quality rating should reflect how well a professor teaches the course material, and how helpful he/she is both inside and outside of the classroom. Is the professor available for additional help after class or during office hours? Is the professor approachable, nice and easy to communicate with?
This rating determines the type of “smiley face” the professor receives. The Easiness and Hotness ratings are not included in the Overall Quality.
(Note that before May 18, 2016, Overall Quality was calculated by averaging a professor’s separate “Helpfulness” and “Clarity” ratings, which formerly appeared on ratings pages.)
The following rating categories do not factor into the overall quality score given to a professor:
Some students want to know how easy or difficult a class is before they register. Is this class an easy A? How much work needs to be done in order to get a good grade?
Raters can share whether they'd be willing to take another course with a professor, or if once was enough. The average percentage only includes ratings added after May 25, 2016 (the date this option was added to professor ratings forms.)
Did this professor use the suggested textbook for this class?
Can your professor’s teaching style be defined as “hot”? Does he or she have that special quality that brings excitement to your class? Are their lectures particularly dynamic or inspirational? Give them a chili pepper to show it!
Raters can share the grades they received in a professor's class when rating the professor.
We reserve the right to make any changes to the Ratings Categories and scoring in our sole discretion.
- + WHY DIDN'T THE CHILI PEPPER I GAVE MY PROFESSOR SHOW UP?
The chili pepper is based on the sum of the "hot" and "not hot" ratings: "hot" is a +1 and "not hot" is a -1. A chili pepper only appears if the total is positive. If it's zero or negative, no chili pepper is displayed.
- + I FORGOT MY PASSWORD! HOW CAN I RESET IT?
Forgot your password? Go here to reset your password.
- + HOW DO I CREATE AN ACCOUNT?
If you are a student you should create a student account, and note that all ratings submitted with a registered account still remain anonymous!
If you are a professor you can create a professor account.
NOTE: Creating a user account (student or professor) is NOT the same as adding a professor page to RateMyProfessors.com
- + HOW DO I ADD A NEW PROFESSOR TO THE SITE?
Before you add a professor Check to see if he or she has already been added to the site by searching for their name in the search bar at the top of the screen.
If you can't find your professor, check that the school where he or she teaches has been added first. If it hasn't, you can add a new school.
If the school has already been added to our site, you can add a new professor here.
NOTE: All newly added professors must be verified by our moderators before they can be rated. Submitting a duplicate professor could cause further delay, so hold tight and check back soon!
- + HOW DO I ADD A NEW SCHOOL TO THE SITE?
Before you add a school: Check to see if he or she has already been added to the site by searching for their name in the search bar at the top of the screen.
If the school hasn't been added to our site, you can add a new school here.
NOTE: All newly added schools must be verified by our moderators before they can be rated. Submitting a duplicate school could cause further delay, so hold tight and check back soon!
- + MY PROFESSOR OR SCHOOL'S INFORMATION IS INCORRECT. HOW CAN I CORRECT IT?
Go to the professor or school page that requires a correction and click "Submit a Correction."
Fill out the form with the issue and correct information, and click submit.
NOTE: All corrections must be verified by our moderators before they appear on the site.
- + I’M HAVING A TECHNICAL ISSUE. CAN YOU HELP?
If you are experiencing technical issues, please try these troubleshooting steps:
- Refresh your page
- Clear your browser cache
- Test in a different browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari)
- + DO YOU EVER SHARE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES?
If you haven't found your issue in the help info above, you can submit your issue to us directly on our Contact Us page.