How should college rankings affect my college decision?

Rhiannon Schade
Director of College Counseling
Collegewise of Millburn

In short, they probably shouldn’t affect your college search all that much. Or, if you do use college rankings as you build your college list, it’s critical not to let them drive your entire college search process. Why? A list built exclusively through rankings takes you out of the equation! It assumes that the whole of your success after college has everything to do with where you went to college and nothing to do with what you did while you were there. This is not a healthy assumption. Your life after college is much more informed by the extent to which you took advantage of the resources and opportunities available to you—not whether the college you attended was “prestigious.” Here is an excellent article in The New York Times by higher education writer Frank Bruni called “How to Make Sense of College Rankings.”

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