I do suggest you take time to read a couple of interesting comments on the Top 100 Universities in USA blog post. There are various websites that provide lists of the top universities and colleges (both public and private) in the USA.
US News usually publishes the US Universities Rankings and Top Universities in the USA every year. Students usually follow these university rankings when selecting schools they plan to attend.
Top 100 Universities in USA
A Top 100 Universities in USA list started like this when the said article was first published:
- Harvard University
- University of Virginia
- University of Michigan
- Cornell University
- University of Washington
- Stanford University
There are a couple of comments made to that article, such as:
this is the stupidest ranking i’ve ever seen.
Most students when following various U.S. university and college rankings usually have no clues on how the rankings were calculated and what are factors considered to calculate the rankings.
Let’s think about what students typically look for in selecting universities when they are searching for the Top 100 Universities in the USA.
- Most international students have no clue on how to select universities.
- Students don’t check if the factors that are important to them are included in the ranking
- International students typically look at:
- Low tuition fees
- Low cost of living
- 100% chances to get financial aid
- Ease of getting jobs after graduation.
- University reputation
- The best university for their profile
US News Rankings Indicators
The indicators used by US News to rank universities include:
- Peer Assessment = 25%
- Student Retention = 20%
- Faculty Resources = 20%
- Student Selectivity = 15%
- Financial Resources = 10%
- Graduation Rate Performance = 5%
- Alumni Giving Rate = 5%
Now compare above 7 indicators used by US News to the above 6 factors commonly considered by a typical international student when selecting a university based on another dimension (GRE exam, TOEFL exam score, etc.).
There is absolutely no match. Does that mean the US News ranking is not good, if not good at all? The firm has its own ranking methodology, but that doesn’t apply to you.
Almost everyone uses Google to find information on the web. Readers who wrote the above 2 comments should have located this article by searching via Google.
However, they do not know how the Google search process works and how to search the results that are displayed.
If you search for a term, you can see there are thousands of webpages that contain the words you have searched for, but why do you see certain pages in the first page of the search result?
You depend 100% on Google to find information, but if we list the top 100 universities in USA based on Google results, is it reasonable for you to just call it as the “stupidest ranking”?
We definitely like to know what do you think about this ranking methodology and how the top 100 universities in the U.S. were listed.