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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Colleges Care Deeply About Rankings

Ask a college admissions officer at an elite university if they care about the school’s ranking in US News & World Report and you’d be hard-pressed to find an admissions officer who suggests they care. But, of course, that’s utter nonsense. Admissions officers, you see, care deeply about rankings. After … 

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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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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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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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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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Those Folks Who Argue College Rankings Don’t Matter

Do you know how just about everyone — from college admissions officers to high school counselors to parents — is quick to criticize the annual college rankings? Do you know how admissions officers so often tell parents and students that they don’t care about the rankings and students and parents … 

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Rankings Matter Big Time to Admissions Officers

If you ask an admissions officer if the college they represent cares about rankings, you’ll likely hear that they don’t matter one bit to these colleges. You’ll hear they’re overblown. You’ll hear that admissions officers don’t even look at the rankings when they come out. And if you happen to … 

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On Ignoring the People Who Say to Ignore College Rankings

College rankings should be ignored, right? Wrong. We came across a piece published today in The Los Angeles Times by Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis entitled “Don’t focus on college rankings lists, which are misleading and easily manipulated by colleges” that we feel the need to scribble red pen all … 

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