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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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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