John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

US News rankings

U.S. News and World Report has released its 2014 college rankings, and I'm pleased to see my alma mater rates pretty well. They were ranked #97 on the national liberal arts colleges list, tied with Hampden-Sydney College and Washington and Jefferson College. (The latter, by the way, is one of schools my niece was accepted to, though she chose to go elsewhere.) That is, I believe, a bit of a drop for them, but I also believe it's considerably higher than what it was when I was a student. I don't remember how we ranked back then, but I do remember writing a joke for the April Fool's Day edition of The Cornellian about the administration's supposed concern over having been ranked in the second tier.

Cornell also #53 among national liberal arts colleges in the high school counselor rankings, which are derived from a survey of guidance counselors from a nationwide sampling of public high schools in the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. Again, I think that's down a little from past years. And of particular interest to me, who was accepted despite a "nonstratospheric transcript," it was #30 in the "A-plus Schools for B Students" list. I know the block plan helped me quite a lot in terms of focus and follow-through; I would imagine it does the same for many others.

Regardless of whether we've dropped in the rankings or not, I think we did pretty well for a small school in Iowa. A lot of people perceive an east coast bias in the U.S. news rankings. I don't know if there really is such a bias, but having lived there, I have no doubt that if east coasters are even slightly over-represented among the people whose opinions are solicited for the rankings, Midwestern colleges and public universities anywhere will suffer as a result.
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