Questioning The College Ranking System

Many students choose their colleges based on their ranking and acceptance rate. People look at websites, including US News and World reports and Niche, for prospective colleges. Ivy league schools Harvard and Yale are criticizing these rankings. According to CBS News, Harvard and Yale have said that ranking systems, including US News and World Reports, are “profoundly flawed.” They stated that they would no longer participate in these rankings and that these rankings stop universities from admitting low-income students. People wonder if there is a better way to differentiate colleges and determine where to get a degree. People may question if these rankings are accurate when Colombia University submitted inaccurate data to make their ranking #2.

U.S. News and World Report has been a source for College rankings.

Choosing what university to attend is a difficult decision. College rankings may not accurately represent who should apply and their admission standards. It may become more difficult for future students planning on applying to college to decide where they want to go if they no longer have a ranking. Removing the rankings could also relieve the stress associated with applying to top colleges.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Oct. 5: The exterior of the Widener Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA is pictured on Oct. 5, 2018. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)