Lies, Damned Lies, and College Rankings

Mark Twain popularized the expression, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” We’d like to correct him. There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and college admissions officers claiming they don’t care about college rankings. Loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all … 

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2021 US News Liberal Arts College Ranking

The 2021 edition of the US News & World Report college ranking is out. Wondering which college topped the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” list? Don’t lose sleep anymore…we’ve got the answer for you. It’s Williams College, taking home the grand prize yet again. And the runner-up? Always a bridesmaid, … 

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2021 US News College Rankings

The 2021 US News & World Report college rankings are out. And which school topped the list? That would be Princeton University, marking the ninth consecutive year the Ivy League school has outperformed all of its peers in the annual college ranking. And which school earned the runner-up nod? Look … 

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US News to Include Test-Blind Schools in Rankings

Their hand was forced. In major college admissions news, US News & World Report, the publisher of the college rankings that we would argue hold the most weight among university administrators, parents, and students, has decided to start ranking schools that are test-blind. Note that a test-blind policy is not … 

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Peace Corps College Ranking

Can there ever be too many college rankings? Yes, yes there can be! In any case, the Peace Corps has released their latest ranking of the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing universities across America. For their ranking, as logic would have it, the Peace Corps adds up the number of graduates … 

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2020 World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education‘s “World University Rankings” has been released for 2020. So which schools topped this particular university ranking? Wonder no more. University of Oxford took the top spot. Oxford is followed by the California Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton … 

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Those Folks Who Argue College Rankings Don’t Matter

Do you know how just about everyone — from college admissions officers to high school counselors to parents — is quick to criticize the annual college rankings? Do you know how admissions officers so often tell parents and students that they don’t care about the rankings and students and parents … 

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UChicago’s Slip in 2020 US News Ranking

The University of Chicago, a school that announced in June of 2018 that it was going test-optional in admissions, slipped in the 2020 US News & World Report college ranking — from a four-way tie for third in 2019 along with Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Yale … 

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2020 US News Liberal Arts College Rankings

Williams College has repeated as the grand prize winner of the annual US News & World Report college ranking of “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” In fact, just like last year, Amherst College has claimed the runner-up prize, while Swarthmore College and Wellesley College have taken the bronze. Pomona College … 

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2020 US News College Rankings

US News & World Report has released its annual college ranking. For those unfamiliar with college rankings, lots of publications release annual college rankings but the kingpin of all college rankings is none other than US News & World Report. As we’ve liked to joke for decades, in parts of … 

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