I am still unsure why this question:
Here's the close reason used.
"Shopping" questions, which seek recommendations or lists of individual universities, academic programs, publishers, journals, research topics or similar as an answer or seek an assessment or comparison of such, are off-topic here. (See this discussion for more information.)"
I'm sure the quote here:
Does anybody know of a list (preferably online) of how many 2013 National Merit Scholars attended each university?
didn't help things, but this appears to have been a reference request for actual data, potentially related to academia.
If anything, it could have been closed as outside the scope, but it still falls within that realm in terms of academic metrics and statistics.
So, how exactly was this defined as a "shopping" question as opposed to a reference request?