For those of you who are interested in college rankings, be sure to visit the 2012 version of America's Top Colleges
created by Forbes
. The Forbes
ranking, like any, is somewhat controversial. For one, Forbes
uses the remarkably subjective and easily manipulated site ratemyprofessor.com to help gauge student satisfaction. They also use inclusion in Who's Who in America
as a measure of post-graduate success. I'm not convinced Who's Who
really deserves that much clout -- it's largely a vanity press set up to sell Who's Who
books. Also, the Forbes
list doesn't distinguish between types of schools, so small liberal arts colleges, military academies and large research universities are all in the same mix. This year, for example, Williams
returns as #1. But can Williams really be compared to West Point
(#3) or Cal Tech
(#13)? Apples and oranges. You can check out the complete Forbes
That said, Forbes more than U.S. News & World Report is looking at some real practical financial aspects of the colleges they evaluate: How much does it actually cost to attend, and how much are you likely to earn after graduation?
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