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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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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