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2018 US News Best Colleges rankings have been released

45 Percenter45 Percenter Registered User Posts: 4,271 Senior Member
edited September 11 in College Search & Selection
The 2018 US News Best Colleges rankings have now gone live on the US News website.

Top 10 National Universities (ties indicated by "="):
1. Princeton
2. Harvard
=3. UChicago
=3. Yale
=5. Columbia
=5. MIT
=5. Stanford
8. Penn
9. Duke
10. CalTech

Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges (ties indicated by "="):
1. Williams
2. Amherst
=3. Bowdoin
=3. Swarthmore
=3. Wellesley
=6. Middlebury
=6. Pomona
=8. Carleton
=8. Claremont McKenna
=10. Davidson
=10. Washington & Lee


Replies to: 2018 US News Best Colleges rankings have been released

  • nostalgicwisdomnostalgicwisdom Registered User Posts: 1,219 Senior Member
    Haverford fell so much this year.. I think 18 is the lowest they've ever been and they were in the top 10 consistently not too long ago.

    Interesting to see UCLA, Berkeley, and USC all tied.

    3 way tie for top 3 LACs is interesting. Middlebury and Pomona are only one point behind them. Wonder why Pomona has such low counselor ratings (#13)- confusion with Cal Poly Pomona? Could have been a top 3 without peer assessment.
  • Sparkeye7Sparkeye7 Registered User Posts: 2,466 Senior Member
    edited September 11
    Wwow.. Both PSU & UIUC drop out of To-50! Not a good day for B1G 'mid-tier' academic institutions based on this year's USNWR ranking imho.. My beloved tOSU though once again, falls short of making the Top-50 (tied with UCB for Best Undergraduate Teaching!! :p). It is nevertheless ranked ahead of a few traditionally prestigious research schools such as Texas, Washington & Maryland. I am content! Go Bucks!! :)
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,297 Senior Member
    ....................or a drop can be from a school not providing information.
  • Bjklw2aBjklw2a Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    hmmmmm...Also Tufts has fallen to 29th, even behind Wake Forest, when it has a record low 14% admit rate and increasing SATs. Perhaps a drop in peer assessments?
  • GreymeerGreymeer Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    The laughable list is the "best value schools" list.

    To evaluate public schools they used only the OOS tuition rate.

    I guess they didn't want a list where schools like Texas AM and UAH were near the top.
  • bclvbclv Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Yeah weird. The yr of data for this ranking tufts was like 17 most difficult school to get into. Very strange to say the least
  • stevensPRstevensPR Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    edited September 11
    @bclv Tufts is ranked 57th in selectivity with N/A for top 10% ranking and SAT scores. There is also a caveat that All tufts admissions data is based on 2016 and not 2017 stats. Looks like they did not want to report admissions stats to us news and got dinged hard
  • anxiousenior1anxiousenior1 Registered User Posts: 1,078 Senior Member
    Very disappointed to see Cal tied with UCLA and USC.
  • bclvbclv Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    edited September 11
    Stevenspr- didn't know that. Interesting. Wonder why they did that
  • Bjklw2aBjklw2a Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    @Stevenspr hmmmmmm Tufts common data set does have SAT scores, 680-750 CR and 690-770 Math. Only that doesn't have top 10% graduating class. Dunno what happened, I guess.
  • simba9simba9 Registered User Posts: 2,656 Senior Member
    Very disappointed to see Cal tied with UCLA and USC.

    Ewwww, Cal has to associate with the riffraff. :-&
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,545 Senior Member
    Schools that have been reporting better stats each year are falling. The methodology has been manipulated to get the results that USNews wants.

  • whatisyourquestwhatisyourquest Registered User Posts: 602 Member
    edited September 12
    Here is an interesting exercise:

    Go to the USNWR national university ranking, click on any university in the list, and then click on the "rankings" tab in the top banner. What pops up is a list of how well that university did relative to others in specific subfields (like business, engineering, ...)

    What you learn from this exercise is that there are some universities at the top of the USNWR national university ranking that don't excel (i.e., aren't anywhere near the best) in the subfields that USNWR itself ranks.

    Of the top ten in the national university list...

    Ones that do well in this exercise are: MIT, Stanford, Penn, and Caltech
    Ones that do poorly in this exercise are: Harvard, Chicago, Yale, Columbia, Duke

    So, USNWR actually considers some universities to be the best in the US, even though they are not particularly good in any of USNWR's own subfields. That's really weird, and points a problem in the national university ranking methodology.

    This also just reinforces that the choice of universities for kids should reflect their interests and anticipated career choices. If you just go by what university ranks highest in the USNWR national list, you may miss the opportunity to go to a school that is "better" in what you actually want to study.
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