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Old 08-09-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Key West
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America's Best Colleges - Forbes.com

What do you think? The military Academy at # 1 is pretty cool
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Old 08-09-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Why the hell is UW-Madison ranked 415 on this list? It's one of the top research schools in the nation. I want some of what they're smoking over at Forbes...
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I was wondering what they were basing it on too as some of their rankings seemed a bit odd or unusual.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:20 PM
 
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How in the world is the University of Pennsylvania is not in the top 10, let alone the top 25?!?!
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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University of Chicago at 21!!!!???????????? What kind of thing is this? It was ranked 8 in US and recently it has been ranked number 1 in the world in other reviews. My school is 421 yet in real rankings it is always top 60.
THIS LIST SEEMS LIKE A COMPLETE JOKE. I dont get it.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Fargo, ND
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I don't even know how you can compare some of these schools, their sizes and missions differ greatly in some cases.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: New York City
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"Forbes' list of public and private colleges and universities ranks the best schools ... from the students' point of view.

That's why the rankings are so odd.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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"Forbes' list of public and private colleges and universities ranks the best schools ... from the students' point of view.
it appears to be inversely correlated with the amount of students a university has.

also, it uses data from ratemyprofessor.com, and from payscale.com.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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All of these sorts of lists are pretty meaningless, but this list is even more useless than most. Among other ranking measurements use, they measured post-graduate success by listings in Who's Who in America, of all things, as well as used teacher reviews from online websites. Alumni jobs from some pay ranking site was also used (the old bias that graduate success can only be measured by money). Plus, of course, they use the old four-year graduation rate standard, which I think should be completely struck from all of these things. My own college (U of MN, #543, which is ridiculously low) has a lot of students on the five, or more, year graduation track. That's the nature of a really big school. I graduated easily in four years, so the fact that someone else was taking five or six years, for whatever reason, had no impact on my education. The fact that they were taking a little longer was also not the school's fault.

I don't trust these ranking for anything, really, but any list seems more bogus than most.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Yea this is about the worst list I've ever seen. To see Duke ranked #105 is about all you need to see to say "oh wow, these guys are idiots". I don't like Duke at all--I especially dislike their basketball team--but to say they're the 105th best college in the country is absolutely laughable.
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