I’ve had Happy Schools for about 45 days days and I’m happy to see how the blog grew in popularity, especially when I receive valuable comments. I received some emails asking me about university ranking and about department ranking, wise ranking list.
I already discussed it in one of my previous posts, U.S. News Ranking. It’s a Joke. I have strongly discouraged anyone from following these rankings and lists.
My ultimate aim is to convey this important message: ‘Ranking doesn’t have any significance’ to us. It’s a mere number to classify the universities in the list.
Having said that, the next question you guys will have is: “How are we supposed to select the universities from our scores when so many graduate schools are offering masters programs in our areas?” Continue reading, I will answer and explain with examples.
If you look at the ranking lists in general and see what criteria is used to rank the universities, there is no consideration given for things that really matter to us international students. Things like what aid is given to students, what GRE and TOEFL scores are accepted, how many students get part time jobs, etc.
And since we are planning to make a shortlist of universities, we ask only questions like:
- For my GRE and TOEFL scores, which graduate schools will give me admission so we can shortlist them under 3 categories: Ambitious, Normal, Safe.
- If I don’t get research/teaching assistantship or student scholarship, can I at least find out what part time jobs are available within the college campus? This can help me manage my living expenses and pay fees using credit cards.
Now, let me ask you this. How do you think a ranking list that doesn’t include any of the above 2 queries for classifying universities will be able help you?
The answer is simple. No. It doesn’t help you in any way. So, your answer should be:
We are looking for a list of universities and a list of college departments (Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Environmental Engineering, etc.) and these lists must include the 2 above factors. They’re something like…
I have GRE of 1,200, TOEFL 90, academics 75% and I need a list arranged based on accepting students according to my credentials.
Let’s suppose if such a list exists, how will it then be used by students? I will give examples for that too. I will now construct a sample list (which doesn’t have any real value at this point):
1) Stanford University (GRE : 1,500 and above)
3) Harvard University
25) Virginia Tech (GRE : 1,250 and Above)
26) Georgia Tech
50) UTA (GRE : 1,100 and Above)
If you have such a list, students with GRE of 1,200 will shortlist like this…
- Virgina Tech
- Georgia Tech.
More to it, we need to have a list that includes the availability of part time jobs and financial aid. It’s tough to ask someone to create such a list with all the necessary combinations.
Now, it all boils down to 1 question. How to shortlist when there are so many universities to choose from? I will show you how to do it. I’m cautious, though, because it involves considerable effort, but certainly you will be rewarded.
If you guys ever wonder how am I able to create something like this. It’s because I followed the steps I have talked about before and am going to talk in the next post about short listing your 5 to 8 “Dream Universities”.