They keep on comin’. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been flooded with college rankings coming out. They mean so little yet so much. The Princeton Review and Forbes might have their rankings, but the most popular ones, from the U.S. News and World Report have arrived.
We come in 12th, tied with Vassar, in the Liberal Arts Rankings. The U.S. News & World Report rankings reflect more recent admissions statistics than Forbes used, such as our acceptance rate being 22% (that’s us 2013). We ranked #13 last year in the 2010 rankings, going up a spot this year. Read the page about Wesleyan there to see what they made of us and our several “sororities on campus.” It’s quite a unique portrayal of student life at Wesleyan.
On the list of Best Values for Liberal Arts Colleges we ranked #20, with almost 15% more students at #1 value Amherst receiving need-based aid. The average discount from total cost at Amherst was also almost 15% higher than at Wes.
Our Little Three comrades Williams and Amherst topped the Liberal Arts list as #1 and #2 respectively. Along with Middlebury and Bowdoin, they were the four NESCAC schools that ranked higher than us.
Here’s what the admissions office can learn from Williams and Amherst in it’s quest to top them:
- Move to Massachusetts.
- Rename the town after us.
Speaking of MA, Harvard topped the National list to claim #1 for itself (and only itself) this year.
UPDATE: A lot of people think the rankings are unimportant, but seemingly not the school (or at least the Facebook page administrator). They published a Facebook update today with our Forbes ranking.