Okay, we've all seen it. On a post, somebody will say "such and such school is ranked number 10 in the country accroding to US News!" and somebody else will say "well rankings don't really mean that much, so why does it matter?"
My question: WHY don't rankings matter? Obviously most reknowned and prestigious schools are going to be in the top tier.. how does it not matter? And don't rankings take a lot of factors into account, like high school performance, standardized test scores, graduation rate, etc. etc? I can see how a ranking doesn't matter if you're trying to decide between a number 20 school and a number 21 school, for instance, but why is it that so many members on cc dismiss the US News rankings?
Rankings matter a lot to me.. is this wrong? I see all the top schools by word of mouth, research, news, etc etc at the top slots while lesser known schools or less prestigious schools might be second or third tier.
PS: Sorry for the grammatical error in the title, I hope you guys don't jump on me for that..