College Rankings

Rankings Based on Other Rankings

Staying on the topic of rankings, as we did last time, have you ever wished that somebody would throw all the various college rankings into a pot, stir them all up, and come out with a Grand Composite Ranking? Well, if you have, your wish may have come true. Late last month, The Washington Post ...

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Weird College Rankings

If you’re at all involved with the world of college admissions or college in general, you’ve no doubt seen all the different varieties of college rankings. If you’ve spent much time on the College Confidential discussion forum, especially in the late summer, you’ve probably seen the massive discussions — sometimes heated arguments — about the ...

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Looking for An “Innovative” College?

The college search is based on many criteria … or at least it should be. Do your criteria include “innovation”? Let’s define our terms. What is innovation, as it applies to colleges? One media company, Thomson Reuters, defines it as “institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global ...

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Your College Picks: Be Realistic

Attention high school juniors … Let’s talk about selecting colleges for your application process next autumn. Let’s temper your idealism with some realism. Okay, the new U.S. News “Best Colleges” rankings have just come out and you’ve been scouring the listings for inspiration. Naturally, if you’re like most of us, you’ve gone right to “the ...

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Who Needs U.S. News?

Every late summer, U.S. News releases its annual college rankings. Are you using them, or have you used them to make college selection decisions? If so, be careful. The College Confidential discussion forum explodes this time every year with an avalanche of frantically defended guesses as to which schools will top the rankings’ lists and ...

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Sunset for College Rankings?

If you’ve spent any time at all on the College Confidential discussion forum, you’re no doubt aware of all the controversy about college ranking lists, especially those published annually by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR). Ranking mania has seeped into almost every corner of of the higher education admissions game, from undergraduate through graduate ...

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What’s Wrong with College Rankings?

Education professionals often profess to loathe college rankings. In fact, a growing number of colleges are now refusing to supply data to U.S. News. Sometimes, one suspects, it’s because their school didn’t rank as well as they thought it should. Yet some of the non-participants fared very well in the rankings fray. . There are, ...

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What Are “Smart” Colleges?

Those of you high school juniors (and maybe sophomores) who are in the hunt for possible college candidates are being bombarded by what I call “roundup lists.” You’ll see “Best” or “Most” (or this or that) listings for Party Schools, College Value, Best Food, Hottest Coeds and Guys, Most Jocks, Best Weather, Hardest Academics, etc. ...

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Smart College Cities

Do you live in a “brainy” part of the country? I happen to live in a small community about 50 miles away from a gigantic Big 10 university. The overflow of brain power from that school has covered my region and I can see evidence of both intellectual and artistic traits manifesting here. When you ...

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College Safety

I’m a former college Dad and my wife and I, as college parents, often thought about the security of our son and daughter as they went through their college years. Thankfully, they had absolutely no problems, but that was as far back as 20 years ago (can it be that long ago?). The situation is ...

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