Ranking of Universities/Colleges in Boston

<p>Since Boston is the ultimate college town in america, why not rank the most prestigious institutions in the city? My ranking is as follows. Anyone who agrees/disagrees may post his own version of the ranking.</p>

<p>Harvard
M.I.T.
Amherst/Tufts/Williams
Smith
Boston C
Boston U</p>

<p>Both Smith and Amherst are 2 hours away from Boston.</p>

<p>Harvard, MIT, Tufts/BC/Smith, Northeastern, BU. Not necessarily based on selectivity, but also career placement and educational opportunities.</p>

<p>@susgeek: let's talk about colleges that are not exactly within Boston proper but are "around or in" Boston.</p>

<p>Why, what's the point? Do you not expect H and MIT to be on top? Do you imagine Northeastern will vault over them? You already know what the general order is.</p>

<p>^ So you agree with my ranking?</p>

<p>Harvard/MIT
Tufts/Wellesley
BC
BU
Northeastern</p>

<p>In order:
Harvard
M.I.T.
Amherst/Williams
Wellesley
Tufts
Boston College
[Holy Cross and Brandeis here, but they are not in Boston]
Northeastern
Boston Univ.
UMass Amherst (not Boston)
Emerson
UMass Boston</p>

<p>So basically you guys are creating rankings that are equivalent to taking the USNWR rankings and tossing out any colleges not in Massachusetts. The point of this exercise is ... ? How do you expect this ranking to be any different from cutting down USNWR?</p>

<p>I'll play....</p>

<p>MIT
Harvard
Olin
Tufts
Wellesley
Brandeis
BC
Bentley
Babson
BU
Northeastern
Wentworth
UMass Boston
Suffolk</p>

<p>We are combining LACs and National Universities, as well as including regional reputations in New England that countradict US News (rare).</p>

<p>Not altogether unhelpful.</p>

<p>In order:
Harvard
M.I.T.
Amherst/Williams
Wellesley
Tufts
Smith/Boston College
Babson/Holy Cross
Brandeis
Northeastern
Bentley
Boston Univ.
UMass Amherst (not Boston)
Emerson
UMass Boston/Wentworth
Suffolk</p>

<p>Edit: Forgot a few so added new list.</p>

<p>The OP asked for Boston in the original post, not things two hours away from Boston.</p>

<p>Besides, you really think Wellesley is better than Tufts? That's a new one. At face value, Tufts has higher test scores, higher percentage of students in the top 10% of their class, and a lower acceptance rate than Wellesley.</p>

<p>Hardly anyone considers Tufts on par with Wellesley. You'd have a hard time finding anyone other than your classmates who would say that. </p>

<p>Wellesley is more prestigious than Tufts. By more than just a small amount. They may be similarly difficult to get into, but that doesn't equate to prestige. We're talking about probably the top all-woman's college in the country and comparing it to a very good but not amazing general all purpose research university.</p>

<p>Apples to oranges. But going by name and reputation, yes, Wellesley >>> Tufts.</p>

<p>^ That borders on being B.S. Tufts >>>> Any all girls college (including wellselly)</p>

<p>Interestingly enough, when my D and I flew out for her Wellesley accepted student weekend, we ran into a former co-worker of mine whose daughter was choosing between Wellesley and Tufts (but wound up choosing Tufts, as she was interested in engineering).</p>

<p>Tufts and Wellesley are apples and oranges, so trying to say which one is "better" is a pointless exercise. But you all knew that already.</p>

<p>This is going to end well.</p>

<p>At D's accepted student weekend, I sat with a couple whose daughter was choosing between Harvard and Wellesley. Does it matter what the ratings are, when you're making that kind of choice? It's a choice about the type of environment you desire or prefer. Ratings are irrelevant at that point. Anyway, there are levels at which the only answer is "they are all good choices, it comes down to personal preference." I would put the choice between Harvard, MIT, Amherst, Williams, Wellesley, Tufts, and Smith at that level. In the absence of a specific program only offered at one school, there is really little compelling reason to choose any one over the others beyond personal taste and preference. And no, "X is ranked higher than Y" isn't a compelling reason at this level, except among dorks.</p>

<p>Both schools are comparing apples to oranges. That's very true.</p>

<p>But I have rarely if ever heard someone say Wellesley is more prestigious than Tufts. And I have definitely never heard it to such extremes (never heard someone say "by a long shot"). That is definitely not the prevailing opinion. Not by a long shot.</p>

<p>^ Lol, yes, you've never heard it so it can't be true. Sorry bud, you are in the significant minority here on Tufts. It's a good school, but you can't be serious.</p>

<p>Nevermind. I just looked at your posting history. Pretty sure a Tufts grad is a bit bias on this topic. lol. Nice try though. Be proud of your degree, but don't go around spouting nonsense.</p>