Aug

21

Bwog Exclusive: Columbia Ranks 8th in US News & World Report

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Tomorrow, US News & World Report will release the most important list of our time or any other: its annual ranking of the best colleges and universities.

Bwog received an exciting advance press release, the only information on which was that this year Columbia, Duke, and the University of Chicago share the 8th place spot for top universities. (UChicago and Columbia were tied for the #9 spot last year, while Duke ranked 8th.)

We look forward to seeing the rest of the list in all its schadenfreude-y glory tomorrow, and will update with the rest of the rankings as soon as we receive them.

UPDATE 11:51 AM: Full list — well, full list of the portion you’re interested in — after the jump. (Or check comment #1, because this comment foretold the future quite accurately.)

1. Harvard

2. Princeton

3. Yale

4. MIT

4. Stanford

6. Cal Tech

6. U. Penn

8. Columbia

8. Duke

8. U. of Chicago

11. Dartmouth

12. Northwestern

12. Wash U St. Louis

14. Cornell

15. Johns Hopkins

16. Brown

17. Rice

18. Emory

18. Notre Dame

18. Vanderbilt

21. Berkeley

22. Carnegie Mellon

23. Georgetown

23. U. of Virginia

25. UCLA

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29 Comments

  1. better than bwog

    1. Harvard
    2. Princeton
    3. Yale
    4. MIT
    4. Stanford
    6. Cal Tech
    6. U. Penn
    8. Columbia
    8. Duke
    8. U. of Chicago
    11. Dartmouth
    12. Northwestern
    12. Wash U St. Louis
    14. Cornell
    15. Johns Hopkins
    16. Brown
    17. Rice
    18. Emory
    18. Notre Dame
    18. Vanderbilt
    21. Berkeley
    22. Carnegie Mellon
    23. Georgetown
    23. U. of Virginia
    25. UCLA

  2. EAL  

    Wait...Caltech and UPenn are at the same level? The very thought is beyond laughable.

  3. Alum

    US News always puts Penn ahead of Columbia, and I have no idea why. They even rate Penn ahead of Columbia in selectivity. If anyone can explain that one, I'd love to hear it.

    • Sigh

      Politics, that's why. These rankings are mired in politics. Columbia and Brown are significantly under ranked, especially Columbia considering its hyper selectivity. Maybe they hate the most liberal of the ivies because it's a joke that Penn (who?) is before CU or was ever as high as 4. Wasn't CC the most selective last year at 9 or 8% selectivity or something?

      In any case, research the politics of the head honchos at the USNWR and you'll see why.

      Also, I'm really surprised at Yale being only three, Princeton's no better than Yale. Then again I'm partial to CU and YU.

  4. lalala

    Penn is always incredibly over-ranked by USNews. They were 4th a couple years back...only surpassed by HYP.

    Anyways, at least they consider us on par with Duke now. I think they had them at #5 a couple years back.

    Sucks for Brown.

  5. ...

    Penn's ranking is probably given a big advantage due Wharton which has probably the top undergraduate business program in the country...

    I think if you seperated Penn from Wharton, the rankings would make a little bit more sense in that regard

  6. but

    if you rank schools based on their presence in New York, everyone on that list loses. Except Columbia. And NYU. But we all know a bout NYU.

  7. re Penn

    despite what chest-thumping quaker alumni say to the contrary there is something fishy about Penn's ranking. Let's go to the videotape: http://chronicle.com/stats/usnews/index.php?category=Universities

    Note how Penn goes from being perennially dead last or second to last (with the exception of 96) from 1988-1997. And then magically they jump to perennial 4th best?

    This is what we like to call 'gaming the system'. Do you want to know how easily Columbia could play this game? Consider this: In recent years Penn has ranked at or close to the top of the "faculty resources" ranking. 30% of the faculty resources score is based on the percentage of classes that are under 20 students. Columbia's core classes are capped at 21 students. That's 178 'small' sections this semester alone that USNews doesn't think is small enough.

    So yeah. Rankings are only worth the methodology that they're based on. USNews's just isn't very good.

  8. ...

    college rankings are dumb and serve no purpose other than to give people an excuse to be lazy.

  9. alum

    Roar, lion, roar. We don't need these stinking rankings to tell us we're the best.

  10. meh

    before everyone starts making conspiracy theories as to why the rankings are the way they are, please read the methodology so you don't come off as an ass.
    http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-colleges/2008/08/21/how-we-calculate-the-rankings.html

  11. ruh roh

    http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/liberal-arts-search
    West Point and Naval Academy both in the top 25 for liberal arts. I guess we can expect another great 3-part series in the spec about how evil they are because the author's brother isn't getting along there very well.

  12. I think

    Columbia could reach number 1 next year if we just rejected every single applicant except for one. The class of 2013 will be: _______.

  13. The Truth  

    Penn is literally living off Wharton for all their hype. CAS is such a joke, and their SEAS can't hold a candle to ours

  14. what

    Harvard, are you kidding. Harvard!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha these rankings are sooooooooooooooo funny.

  15. More good news

    According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Columbia is #7 and beats Princeton and Yale!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_Ranking_of_World_Universities

  16. prezbo

    i invited mahmoud ahmadinejad and all i got was this lousy usnews ranking?

  17. conspiracy theorist

    my friend belongs to the same synagogue as one of the us news and world report editors who works on this list. he frequently shares with her such juicy details as:

    princeton foots the bill for many vacations, weekends in expensive hotels and private dining experiences in top restaurants.

    its all about buying your ranking. im surprised columbia couldnt pay their way above penn

  18. Tuition

    I heard one theory that because of the high degree of competitiveness that the U.S. News and World Report encourages, places are more and more sought after, admission rates keep dropping, endowments keep growing, and ultimately there is no incentive for universities to keep tuition at a reasonable price, causing us all into the commitment of taking out massive loans...or just not be able to go to the college of our choice at all. Thoughts?

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