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US News Week School Listings

abemartinabemartin - Posts: 159 Junior Member
I really dont understand the list. The school ranks skip. Example.



3 Yale University (CT)
4 University of Pennsylvania
5 Duke University (NC)
5 Stanford University (CA)
7 California Institute of Technology
7 Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
9 Columbia University (NY)
9 Dartmouth College (NH)
11 Washington University in St. Louis

A school thats in the mid 50's is actually ranked in the 30's, if you count the colleges. i dont understand why the numbebers fluctuate like this.
Post edited by abemartin on

Replies to: US News Week School Listings

  • ArtiArti Registered User Posts: 617 Member
    If you have two schools tied for 5, the next best school isn't the 6th best if there are 6 better schools....it's commonly done in ranking systems for ties, I don't get your question.
  • the_prestigethe_prestige Registered User Posts: 2,185 Senior Member
    its exactly as Arti said. as an illustrative example: let's say you have two schools tied for No. 1:

    1) Harvard and Princeton

    and then the next ranked school is Stanford. Well, technically, Stanford would be ranked 3rd:

    3) Stanford

    Since the first "two" spots have already been filled (even though those schools are both tied)... and on and on...

    The method that USNWR uses would show them like this:

    1) Harvard
    1) Princeton
    3) Stanford
  • abemartinabemartin - Posts: 159 Junior Member
    i understand, but if the number is supposed to represent rank, such that, harvard and princ. are tied at first then the second number should continue in that chronology. therefore, stanford should be really second, even though twoi schools are on top of it, because Prin and Harvard and tied. its the difference between rank and number order but w/e thx for the explination.
  • rolen27rolen27 Registered User Posts: 360 Member
    Look at standings in sports,

    1-1-3 is the norm when 2 teams are tied for first.
  • RockyRoadAheadRockyRoadAhead Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    The reason for 1-1-3 rather than 1-1-2 is that that third school is in first place, regardless of which of the first two pulls out ahead.
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