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Why is Columbia ranked higher than Stanford?

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Replies to: Why is Columbia ranked higher than Stanford?

  • moshotmoshot Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    Dungareedoll said it all. You might as well add "dead tired" to "my D is walking in the door
    to begin all of that". Most people under estimate the effort and time it takes to become an athlete let alone the classes missed because of the sports.
  • GF2015GF2015 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    As for the National Merit Scholarship awardees, Stanford's number 139 falls behind some other schools besides HYP, Rice 166, WUSTL 218, Vanderbilt 226, far behind its instate neighbor University of Southern California 254, Northwestern 235, Chicago 255. But Stanford still produces the best students, even their students are not as brainy as its peers.
  • zenkoanzenkoan Registered User Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
    GF2015, many of the schools you listed give large tuition discounts to National Merit awardees, whereas Stanford doesn't. (Stanford's financial aid is need-based.) For many families these days, the availability of merit discounts necessarily plays a big role in determining where their students matriculate. However, Stanford has no difficulty whatsoever attracting loads of very brainy students without offering merit discounts, I can assure you. ; )
  • asdasd77asdasd77 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Always take "rankings" with a grain of salt. So many factors and variables are taken into account when schools are pitted against one another. Stanford clearly possesses the more legendary and amazing reputation.
  • goldenboy8784goldenboy8784 Registered User Posts: 1,698 Senior Member
    You have to subtract the "sponsored" NM winners from the total to get the amount of winners who actually were awarded the $2,500 cash prize from NMSC.
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