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How much should I rely on US News college rankings when making my college list?

Alright so, I've been checking out the US News college rankings a lot recently and I'm starting to make my college list based on it. But I'm curious, should I be taking these rankings with a grain of salt? Why is there talk about not trusting them completely? What should I be careful about when using these rankings as a guideline?

7 months ago

It's good to be skeptical about these rankings as they often don't tell the whole story. Factors like the campus culture, special programs your child might be interested in, and financial aid opportunities should weigh heavily in your decision. The methodology of these rankings can prioritize things that may not align with what you find most valuable in a college experience.

For instance, a highly-ranked school for its research might not be the best in providing undergraduate teaching quality if that's what you're looking for. Be sure to dig deeper into each institution – look at student outcomes, alumni networks, and the support systems they have for their students.

Just because a college is highly ranked doesn't mean it's the right place for you. A lower-ranked college that aligns more closely with your personal and academic goals might provide a much better college experience and be a smarter choice in the long run.

So yes, take the rankings with a grain of salt and do thorough research beyond them. That way, you'll make an informed decision that's best for you, not just what's best on paper.

7 months ago

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