College Rankings Do Matter

Do you believe college rankings are overvalued in elite college admissions? If so, you’re not alone. You see, few folks in higher education will espouse the merits of well-known college rankings, including and especially the most influential annual college ranking: US News & World Report‘s. Now, do we believe the … 

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The Manipulation of College Rankings

Last year, we reported the juicy story that Temple University got caught with its hand in the cookie jar misreporting data to US News & World Report. And why? The school was manipulating its ranking. Yes, while colleges like to be quite vocal about how they don’t care a lick … 

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2022 Wall Street Journal College Ranking

‘Tis the season for college rankings. The Wall Street Journal has released its annual college ranking. And while no college ranking is as significant as that of US News & World Report (have a look at our take on the Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History episodes on the magazine’s ranking), every … 

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2022 US News Liberal Arts College Ranking

While it doesn’t get as much fanfare as its ranking of the best national universities, US News & World Report has also released its annual ranking of best liberal arts colleges in America. So which school topped this year’s liberal arts college ranking? Surprise, surprise. Williams College has taken home … 

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2022 US News College Rankings

US News & World Report, the maker of the most important of the college rankings, has released its 2022 ranking of best national universities. If you aren’t already familiar with the significance of the annual US News ranking, we encourage you to check out our recent post highlighting Malcolm Gladwell’s … 

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2021 Forbes College Ranking

‘Tis the season for college rankings. Forbes is out with its latest college rankings. US News & World Report, the leader in the college rankings game (and it sure is a game as Malcolm Gladwell will attest — do check out his recent podcasts on the matter), will be releasing … 

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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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