“The Wall Street Journal” has released its 2019 college ranking and which university should top the list? That would be Harvard University, the same school that topped the 2018 “Wall Street Journal” ranking. Now our readers may be wondering, “But Ivy Coach, there are so many college rankings by so many publications. Which one matters most?” The answer is that the “US News & World Report” college ranking, released annually in September, is the kingpin of the college rankings. In parts of our world, most notably in nations like China and South Korea, the “US News & World Report” ranking is essentially the bible of college admissions, as we have long argued. But that doesn’t mean colleges don’t care about the other rankings too…they just care about the “US News & World Report” ranking most of all. Oh and if a college admissions officer should suggest that their school doesn’t care about rankings, politely smile, nod your head in agreement, but know that you’ve just been told a big, fat fib.
2019 “Wall Street Journal” College Rankings
While Harvard topped the 2019 “Wall Street Journal” / “Times Higher Education” ranking, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology admissions office is likely quite pleased to see the university in second place after finishing in a tie for third just last year. Yale University placed third in this year’s ranking, up from sixth in 2018. Columbia University slipped from second to fourth this year. California Institute of Technology rose from seventh to fifth. Stanford University slipped from a tie for third to sixth. Brown University rose from a tie for eleventh to a tie for seventh. Duke University slipped from a tie for fifth to a tie for seventh. Princeton University, which has had a nice run topping the “US News & World Report” ranking, finished ninth this year in the “WSJ” ranking — just as it did last year. University of Pennsylvania rounds out the top ten, slipping from eighth last year.
What do our readers think of the 2019 “Wall Street Journal” / “Times Higher Education” ranking of colleges? Is it surprising that Princeton ranks ninth? Or that Stanford ranks sixth? Let us know your thoughts, your questions, and what you ate for breakfast by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!