Making sense of Barnard’s drop
Barnard didn’t fare as well as Columbia in the most recent US News and World Report rankings that were released yesterday. While Columbia held strong at number four, Barnard fell seven spots from #26 to #33.
Barnard is the last of the Seven Sisters schools on the list. It also falls below Scripps, an all-women’s college in California that is a part of the Claremont Schools, despite Barnard being the most selective women’s college in the nation.
The ranking is disappointing, especially when considering Barnard’s low admissions rate. However, when looking into the methodology behind this year’s rankings, it can be seen that the statistics are from 2010, not 2011, and therefore don’t take into account the record low 24.9% acceptance rate for the Class of 2015.
It’s also important to consider the fact that Barnard is anything but a typical liberal arts college. The rankings fail to take in account our access to New York City, as well as the complexity of the relationship with Columbia.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember how little these rankings matter. It’s too easy to get caught up in numbers and competitions that don’t actually affect us day to day. Our classes are still awesome and interesting (hopefully), we still study with wonderful students and professors, and we live in one of the greatest cities in the world.
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