The US News Ranking Is All About Money

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog have long known, we believe that college rankings — and the kingpin of the college rankings is the annual US News & World Report college ranking — are at the heart of the elite college admissions process. Want to know why colleges … 

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The Secret Sauce of the US News Rankings

Curious to learn more about the all-important US News & World Report college rankings? As our loyal readers know, one of Malcolm Gladwell’s greatest fascinations has long been the college rankings and the pop psychologist is out with a new Revisionist History podcast episode called “Lord of the Rankings” that … 

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A Confession on College Rankings

What do our nation’s elite college admissions offices care about most? Loyal readers of our college admissions blog know our answer to this query: the all-important US News & World Report rankings. For many years — for decades in fact — we made this assertion much to the chagrin of … 

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Northeastern’s Rise in the Rankings

We know we’ll catch some flack for saying it but when top students include Northeastern University on their initial college lists that they present us, we often ask them if they meant to include Northwestern University instead. In most instances, the answer is yes — Northeastern was included by mistake. … 

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2020 LGBTQ-Friendly College Ranking

Curious if a certain highly selective university is supportive of its LGBTQ+ community? Well, wonder no more as we’ve got the 2020 ranking of best colleges for LGBTQ+ students, as according to Campus Pride. Of course, we’ve cherrypicked the highly selective institutions from this list since the readers of this … 

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The Future of Test-Optional Policies

Loyal readers of our college admissions blog know that we believe test-optional policies, which were implemented at the vast majority of highly selective universities this year in response to test cancelations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aren’t worth the paper they are written on. It is our unwavering position that, … 

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Universities Absolutely Care About Rankings

And they say they don’t care about the rankings. Right, and water is dry. You know how admissions officers at America’s universities like to say that where their universities fall in the annual rankings is unimportant to them and you know how we at Ivy Coach have long insisted that … 

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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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