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Here’s a new college ranking, based entirely on other college rankings

WildestDreamWildestDream Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
edited November 2016 in College Search & Selection
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/20/heres-a-new-college-ranking-based-entirely-on-other-college-rankings/

Thought this was interesting. Washington Post took results from several major college rankings, and attempted to combine them into one. I've posted the top 50 universities below. They also rank LACs.

Stanford University CA private 1
Harvard University MA private 2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA private 3
Princeton University NJ private 4
Yale University CT private 5
University of Pennsylvania PA private 6
Duke University NC private 7
Columbia University NY private 8
University of California at Berkeley CA public 9
California Institute of Technology CA private 10
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor MI public 11
University of California at Los Angeles CA public 11
Rice University TX private 13
Dartmouth College NH private 14
Brown University RI private 15
Cornell University NY private 16
University of Notre Dame IN private 17
Vanderbilt University TN private 18
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC public 19
Georgetown University DC private 20
University of Chicago IL private 21
Northwestern University IL private 22
University of Virginia VA public 23
Johns Hopkins University MD private 24
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IL public 25
Georgia Institute of Technology GA public 26
Washington University in St. Louis MO private 27
University of California at San Diego CA public 27
University of Washington at Seattle WA public 29
Tufts University MA private 30
University of California at Davis CA public 31
University of Florida FL public 32
University of Wisconsin at Madison WI public 33
College of William & Mary VA public 34
University of Southern California CA private 35
University of Texas at Austin TX public 36
University of Maryland at College Park MD public 37
Purdue University at West Lafayette IN public 38
Emory University GA private 39
Texas A&M University at College Station TX public 40
Wake Forest University NC private 41
University of California at Santa Barbara CA public 42
Carnegie Mellon University PA private 43
Boston College MA private 44
Michigan State University MI public 45
University of Minnesota at Twin Cities MN public 46
University of California at Irvine CA public 47
University of Rochester NY private 48
Case Western Reserve University OH private 49
Virginia Tech VA public 50
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Replies to: Here’s a new college ranking, based entirely on other college rankings

  • tk21769tk21769 Registered User Posts: 9,433 Senior Member
    edited November 2016
    This is a fairly minor reshuffling of the top US News national universities.
    Main differences: Berkeley, Michigan, and UCLA move up; UChicago, JHU and WUSTL move down.
    Otherwise, the overall pattern is the same. Ivies (and other highly selective, private universities) dominate the upper half of the top 50; big state flagships dominate the lower half. Within those two groups, the exact order is mostly a question of what criteria you choose and how you weight them (although HYPS usually wind up at or near the top; Berkeley and Michigan often out-rank other state universities).

    For purposes of building an initial college application list, IMO the US News or Forbes rankings alone are better. This one muddles together 6 different rankings that have rather different purposes. Better to first figure out what you're trying to measure, then choose appropriate metrics. For many CC families, the most important concerns are undergraduate academic quality and net cost, not the features T.H.E. or Washington Monthly try to address. For those two factors, Kiplinger's is a pretty good, clearly presented ranking (with click-sortable columns so you can tailor somewhat to your own needs).
  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi Registered User Posts: 9,977 Senior Member
    edited November 2016
    Finally! A ranking that makes some sense!

    Stanford University CA private 1
    Harvard University MA private 2
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA private 3
    Princeton University NJ private 4
    Yale University CT private 5
    University of Pennsylvania PA private 6
    Duke University NC private 7
    Columbia University NY private 8
    University of California at Berkeley CA public 9
    California Institute of Technology CA private 10
    University of Michigan at Ann Arbor MI public 11
  • i012575i012575 Registered User Posts: 356 Member
    ^^ agreed. One of the better college ranking lists that I have seen. The bias against publics is less exaggerated.
  • guitar321guitar321 Registered User Posts: 401 Member
    such a good list. honestly, US news sucks.
  • guitar321guitar321 Registered User Posts: 401 Member
    edited November 2016
    this, rather, is the list people should use to guide them when they apply to college! (but, of course, a list should never, ever, fully let someone make a decision)
  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 2,532 Senior Member
    And the LACs


    SCHOOL STATE SECTOR RANK
    Amherst College MA private 1
    Pomona College CA private 2
    Williams College MA private 3
    Wellesley College MA private 4
    Bowdoin College ME private 5
    Middlebury College VT private 6
    Wesleyan University CT private 7
    Swarthmore College PA private 8
    Davidson College NC private 9
    Colgate University NY private 10
    Washington and Lee University VA private 11
    Claremont McKenna College CA private 12
    Hamilton College NY private 13
    Colby College ME private 14
    Vassar College NY private 15
    College of the Holy Cross MA private 16
    Bates College ME private 17
    Lafayette College PA private 18
    Carleton College MN private 19
    Bucknell University PA private 20
    Barnard College NY private 21
    Haverford College PA private 22
    Grinnell College IA private 23
    University of Richmond VA private 24
    DePauw University IN private 25
    Union College NY private 26
    Trinity College CT private 27
    Denison University OH private 28
    Smith College MA private 29
    Franklin and Marshall College PA private 30
    Kenyon College OH private 31
    Macalester College MN private 32
    Oberlin College OH private 33
    Earlham College IN private 34
    St. John's University MN private 35
    Gettysburg College PA private 36
    Virginia Military Institute VA public 37
    Mount Holyoke College MA private 38
    Gustavus Adolphus College MN private 39
    St. Olaf College MN private 40
    Wheaton College IL private 41
    Colorado College CO private 42
    Bryn Mawr College PA private 43
    Occidental College CA private 44
    Kalamazoo College MI private 45
    Muhlenberg College PA private 46
    Lawrence University WI private 47
    Skidmore College NY private 48
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges NY private 49
    Furman University
  • myjandamyjanda Registered User Posts: 572 Member
    Hmm, where is Lehigh? Can't believe it wouldn't make top 50 LACs?
  • MassDaD68MassDaD68 Registered User Posts: 1,219 Senior Member
    Interesting list. I like the overall concept of preparing a list based on all the other lists. It should have the effect of smoothing out the results by offsetting the different methodologies.

    Not surprising that the popular Ivies once again dominate.

    Thank you for sharing.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 6,379 Senior Member
    @myjanda For these types of analyses, Lehigh would commonly be included in the university category.
  • MiliochieMiliochie Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    edited November 2016
    I find this ranking is not credible!

    If UCLA truly ranks higher than the following schools, it would have been a lot harder to get in!

    University of California at Los Angeles CA public 11

    Rice University TX private 13
    Dartmouth College NH private 14
    Brown University RI private 15
    Cornell University NY private 16
    University of Notre Dame IN private 17
    Vanderbilt University TN private 18
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC public 19
    Georgetown University DC private 20
    University of Chicago IL private 21
    Northwestern University IL private 22
  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 8,709 Senior Member
    Hmm, where is Lehigh? Can't believe it wouldn't make top 50 LACs?

    #51 according to the link in the OP.
  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 2,532 Senior Member
    @Miliochie The Washington Post's goal, presumably, was to integrate more factors into the ranking and to get away from ranking which weigh selectivity as a significant factor.
  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi Registered User Posts: 9,977 Senior Member
    "If UCLA truly ranks higher than the following schools, it would have been a lot harder to get in!"

    Nonsense. UCLA is much larger than most of the schools you listed. Furthermore, it is hard to get in. The acceptance rate is below 20%!
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