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College Rankings

Love 'Em or Hate 'Em, College Rankings Are Hard Not to Look At


College rankings have the unique attribute of being both annoying and impossible not to look at. Yes, most people know college rankings are flawed and not a reliable indicator of what college will be best for each person in particular. At the same time, it's practically irresistible to ignore college rankings when they come out.

Below is a list of some of the better-known college rankings. They are compiled here to help readers get a better sense of how widely college rankings vary. Keep in mind, too, that college rankings should only inform a very small part -- if any -- of your opinions about various schools.

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4. The Princeton Review

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5. U.S. News & World Report

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6. Nontraditional, Fun, & Funky Rankings and Lists

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