Close but no cigar for Columbia in college rankings
For the third year in a row, US News and World Report ranks Columbia as the fourth best university in America. Alas, poor Alma—seemingly always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Although considering there are still two other universities between us and first place, we don’t even get to be the maid of honor (that title goes to Princeton… or Yale, depending on just how seriously you take the wedding metaphor). Does this make us the Kristen Wiig to one of those other place’s Rose Byrne?
The first time good ol’ Light Blue fought its way to fourth place everyone was ecstatic, but after two years of this I have to say this trick is kind of old-hat. In fact, the only difference in this year’s top five (four?) schools is that we’ve tied with the University of Chicago, and even that’s been done before. What gives, USNWR?
Well, let’s take a look at US News’ ranking methodology—but only for a moment because math gives me a headache: at 22.5 percent, the factor with the most weight in this ranking is something called “undergraduate academic reputation” which I can only assume means how cool everyone else thinks you are.
This is truly baffling, if only for the fact that we are obviously the coolest university on this list. Let’s face it: we’re in New York City, which bears the official nicknames “The Capital of the World” and “The Center of the Universe.” And if that’s not convincing (pft! as if!), we can count Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf among our student body. If Columbia’s good enough for those two, it’s good enough for everyone.
But enough of my whining, what say you about Columbia’s not-so-new spot on the USNWR ranking? Are you pulling out your hair or jumping for joy? Or would you rather talk about that three-way-tie for 17th place? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. And be nice. Save the drama for Michelle Obama.
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