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

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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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