I was enjoying a beautiful summer day, when my phone started BLOWING UP with WesKids talking about college rankings. I was expecting the usual “college rankings are ways of implementing oppressive and othering hierarchies that fuel this neoliberal corporate educational machine-industrial-complex-thing.” But I was wrong.
Ladies, gentlemen, others, the time you’ve all been waiting for: college rankings. In the America’s Top Colleges 2012, as seen by Forbes, Wesleyan ranks…
- #21 of all colleges, and
- #20 of all private colleges.
That brings us back to our 2008 ranking (the first by Forbes), but down from ranking at #15 in 2010. That is, however, much higher than #37 in 2009 and #35 in 2o11. We ranked fourth in the ‘Cac this year, with Williams at #2, Amherst at #13, and Bowdoin at #14. What’s so great about our ranking? As the #20 private college, we get to round out that slideshow with a photograph of our beloved, exquisite Usdan Centre.
Of course, Forbes paints a spot-on portrait of what Wesleyan is like in its Profile:
[…] This university has one of oldest secret societies in the country, Skull and Serpent; the society is active today, but entry and participation are extremely secretive. Wesleyan University competes in NCAA Division III athletics and the school mascot is the Cardinal. The current president of the university is Michael S. Roth. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick graduated from Wesleyan in 1975; Michael Bay, the producer-director behind Transformers, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and The Island, graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986.
Get ready for that next batch of prefrosh.
As much as it pains me to do a rankings post, it’s the summer and well, rankings are rankings. Forbes has released its own top Colleges and Universities list. Williams, Princeton, and Amherst make up the top three, and Wesleyan falls in line at #15, right between Haverford and Whitman College. Forbes describes the idea behind its rankings as:
To our way of thinking, a good college is one that meets student needs. While other college rankings are based in large part on school reputation as evaluated by college administrators, we focus on factors that directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree? And once I get out of school, will I get a good job?
Enjoy another way to re-live that college search process and feel good about your decision (or if it wasn’t your decision – feel good that Brown was 30 spots behind at #45). Or, you know, just ignore it all (Forbes is mainstream after all). Enjoy your last month of summer (sorry alums!).