StarTribune: College ranking do-over: Minnesota school slipped in at No. 15
College ranking do-over: Minnesota school slipped in at No. 15
By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: February 11, 2009 - 12:28 PM
And just when you thought there was only one recount that Minnesotans have a stake in.
Earlier this week, a new ranking of the nation's colleges came out and placed Macalester in St. Paul as tops in the state, coming in at No. 79 out of the 2,000 on the list. Well, now StateUniversity.com has quietly slipped in Carleton College in Northfield at No. 15. The website's spokesman, Bill Richards, explained today that Carleton was initially left out "due to insufficient data." "Carleton College has since been in touch with us and has provided up-to-date statistics that enabled us to rank them -- very highly, in fact," Richards said.
He added that while there are no other adjustments in the works, "the list is dynamically updated as new data is obtained."
StateUniversity.com calls Carleton "one of the country's best liberal arts colleges," which "attracts a talented, diverse, and intelligent group of students, many of whom were initially considering matriculation at the Ivies."
The website added that Carleton's students are "expected and required to complete a wide range of courses in varied subjects." These requirements "are designed with the intention that all students' four-year academic experience will have breadth as well as depth."
Carleton's addition has pushed Macalester down a notch to No. 80. The same can be said for St. Olaf, another Northfield school, which is now ranked 98th. The state's largest university, Minnesota, Twin Cities, is now ranked 194th.
Ranked at the top is Stanford. Rounding out the top 10 are MIT, West Point, Princeton, Cornell, Cal Tech, Amherst, Rice, Williams and Brown.
StateUniversity.com calls its rankings "100 percent objective." It says it has built its results based on a "comprehensive survey of verified data, including student/faculty ratio, student retention and test scores."
To see the complete list, visit Top 2000 Ranked Universities for Highest Overall School Score