America’s Top Colleges list from Forbes is out and guess who is ranked #1 college in America? It’s Stanford University. But for most international students, college in second place is something you must have not heard about. It’s Pomona College in California.
- Stanford University
- Pomona College
- Princeton University
- Yale University
- Columbia University
- Swarthmore College
- United States Military Academy (West Point)
- Harvard University
- Williams College
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Student Satisfaction (22.5%)
- Post-Graduate Success (37.5%)
- Student Debt (17.5%)
- Graduation Rate (11.25%)
- Nationally Competitive Awards (11.25%)
I have to assume that Graduation Rate for International students should be fairly high.
With international Graduate Students, Graduation Rate should be even higher compared to Bachelors Degree students.
From an International Student perspective top concerns are financial aid, cost of education and job opportunities.
For an international student perspective, I think the rankings should be like this
- Post-Graduate Success (75%)
- Student Debt (25%)
Post Graduation Success depends on 2 factors = Awesome School + Student performance
You must read the following article 5 advantages of studying in top universities understand the impact of school on Post Graduation success.
- Better School = Better Chance of Post Graduation Success
- Better Post Graduation = High Rankings
You must stop looking at College Rankings and find schools that are best fit for your profile.
Try to get admit in a school that will help you grow your potential. Stanford University is top ranked, but not everyone can get admission in Stanford.
Likewise, there is no ranking based on admission standards and qualifications. You can make a school rank better based on your output after graduation.
You can be attending top university and graduate by taking easy courses. You are not going to be as awesome as some one who attended lower ranked school but technically more adept than you.
At end of the day, it all comes down to your performance.