“Elite Daily,” which dubs itself “the voice of Generation-Y” has come out with a ranking of the “50 Smartest Colleges in America.” So which university tops the list? That would be…Washington University in St. Louis. At least according to Lumosity, a company we’ve previously written about. Following behind Wash U is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Then comes Princeton University, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, Rice University, Harvard University, Yale University, and Dartmouth College. That rounds out the top ten.
After Dartmouth comes Tufts University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, Virginia University, Duke University, Bucknell University, Vanderbilt University, College of William & Mary, Boston College, Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, University of California – San Diego, and Georgia Institute of Technology. That rounds out the top twenty-five, with Columbia at twenty-six on the outside, looking in.
The University of Pennsylvania and Brown University come in at #34 with Williams College, Amherst College, and Swarthmore College mysteriously absent from the ranking. Does this reflect a bad ranking algorithm? We believe so. Any list of top colleges that doesn’t include Amherst and Williams is just plain wrong. It’s as simple as that when it comes to the smartest colleges in America ranking.