I attended Bowdoin (ranked #3 this year!) as a first year and transferred to Wesleyan (then ranked 6th or 7th). Some deep flaw inheres within the U.S. News methodology. I know this will draw fire, but placing Washington & Lee, Colby, Hamilton, Grinnell, and Colgate ahead of Wes does not comport with the reality of these schools. More than one person in publishing, my field, has told me that U.S. News has a longstanding “boner” (not the good kind) for Wesleyan, which should never have dropped below the top 10. It seems likely that this distortion of reality will have the effect of a self-fulfilling prophecy and affect the type of students who apply next year. The intellectual vitality and panoramic offerings of the school dwarf those of the schools listed above as well as others ranked higher than Wesleyan.