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2018 US News Best Colleges rankings have been released


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

  • VANDEMORY1342VANDEMORY1342 Registered User Posts: 842 Member
    edited September 2017
    That's what I'm saying... Why isn't that portion of the rank replaced with an employers or even grad school Dean reputation rank. It's quite agitating to know 70 people decide 8% of the entire rank. That's more than alumni giving...simply strange.
  • f2000saf2000sa Registered User Posts: 775 Member
    edited September 2017
    Chicago is skyrocketing in ranking, raising from 9th in 2011, to 3rd in 2016 and 2017.

  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi Registered User Posts: 10,085 Senior Member
    edited September 2017
    "U of Michigan seems to have dropped a few spots."

    Michigan went from 28-29. The peer assessment score stayed the same at 4.4 with only Berkeley besting it among publics. The school is not "dropping" academically at all:

    From the Michigan Record:

    The University of Michigan maintained its ranking as the No. 4 public university in U.S. News & World Report's annual list of the nation's best undergraduate colleges and universities.

    The magazine released its 2018 rankings online Tuesday.

    Full rankings list
    U-M ranked No. 28 among the nation's best national universities, down one spot from last year.

    University officials noted that what matters most in choosing a school is the match between the particular interests, abilities and ambitions of each student and the specific programs, approaches and opportunities offered by a particular school.

    U.S. News also annually ranks undergraduate business and engineering programs.

    The Stephen M. Ross School of Business undergraduate program moved to No. 3 nationally, up one spot from last year. It is among the top five schools in six specialties: accounting (fifth), finance (fourth), management (first), marketing (second) and production/operations (fourth

    The College of Engineering undergraduate program moved to No. 6, up one spot from last year. In specialty rankings, engineering is among the top five: aerospace engineering (tied at second), electrical (fifth), environmental/environmental health (tied at second), industrial/manufacturing (second), materials (fourth) and mechanical (fourth).

    A peer-assessment survey that recognizes universities for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching ranked U-M No. 6 nationally, up one spot from last year.

    U.S. News also released rankings on the top schools that help veterans and active service members pursue an affordable college education. U-M's Ann Arbor campus ranked No. 9, up eight spots from last year.

    Earlier this year, U.S. News released its graduate rankings.

    Among the programs ranked each year in America's Best Graduate Schools — business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing — U-M maintained top-15 rankings in all six categories.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,413 Senior Member
    edited September 2017
    akin67 wrote:
    From the National LAC rankings I was surprised to see Hamilton and Haverford drop to 18th position from 12 in last years rankings. These are outstanding and super selective schools. Why the significant drop for these schools?
    From a mathematical perspective, this would almost certainly be a statistical illusion related to data compression. It's likely that a one point difference in overall score (out of 100) separates the six colleges currently tied at 12 from those currently tied at 18. The same principle would apply for most (but not all) colleges with large apparent rankings changes, whether up or down.
  • DolemiteDolemite Registered User Posts: 1,633 Senior Member
    I'm pretty sure Duke dropped from 8th to 9th due to admitting that latest basketball recruit a month ago :D
  • sushirittosushiritto Registered User Posts: 1,232 Senior Member
    They must be jumping out the windows at UCB today. Tied with UCLA and USC...

    Yes, several relatives had to be talked off the ledge this morning. :))

    Also, this morning, another relative can't seem to stop extolling the virtues of USC to me. :-@
  • CaliDad2020CaliDad2020 Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    @whatisyourquest if CIT doesn't get dinged for just being kinda pokey, overly scienced and overly 800-math-maled, life is not fair at all! (not that there's anything wrong with any of those things, but to be the "best" U in America, maybe be just a bit more... something else too! Have an oboe major or a life-drawing course or something!!)

  • CariñoCariño Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    @Penn95 People's perception? Ok...That is a highly accurate scientific method for rankings...
  • ANormalSeniorGuyANormalSeniorGuy Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    @sushiritto I already had to talk myself down from the ledge. Any reason why UCLA has bested Cal in Times and tied in US News?
  • akin67akin67 Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    I believe Chicago is gaming the system by artificially lowering their acceptance rate. For both of my kids currently in college, although they did have a shot at getting in to Chicago, we were inundated with mail enticing the kids to apply. Did not get any such mail of the other top 10 schools. Others I have spoken to about this also had a similar experience. By inundating students with no shot at getting in with mail and emails only to increase the application pool is gaming the system in my opinion. I hope US News takes notice of this.

    Also, on a similar note, schools that have done away with the application fee, as well as the specific essay (for that school) are playing a similar game and also getting considerably more applications than they would otherwise. By doing a thorough job of weeding out the students not likely to attend, increasing the percentage admitted through early decision and wait lists, they are able to keep their yield rates up, and artificially decrease their acceptance rates and enhance their rankings. Because they are then rewarded with higher rankings, I suspect other schools will follow suit.
  • sushirittosushiritto Registered User Posts: 1,232 Senior Member
    @ANormalSeniorGuy Campus protests? UCLA has a lower admit rate? Better weather? I don't have a clue. I'm not an alum of any of them, but UCLA's and USC's recent rise has created a lot of back-in-forth banter in my family this morning.
  • anxiousenior1anxiousenior1 Registered User Posts: 1,095 Senior Member
    @akin67 Other schools don't need to send mail because of their prestige, ie Harvard, Yale, etc etc. UChicago is just not on the radar of the typical average high school student yet. These institutions receive just as many or more applications as UChicago.
  • akin67akin67 Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    edited September 2017
    @merc81 I think that some of their rival institutions like Colby have gone test optional, eliminated the need for a supplementary essay and eliminated their application fee, where they received considerably more applications than normal, and lowered their acceptance rates. This could have provided enough points to move them out of the tie for 12th place they were all in last year.
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