The Truth Behind College Ranks

1. College ranks are not exact.
2. They force colleges to panic and conduct badly.
3. Colleges rankings make students choose the wrong colleges for them.
4. Oftentimes they don’t mean anything.
5. The information can be wrong.
7. They make parents to obsess over the same colleges.
8. They make students not to feel proud of their own school.


It is not a surprise that college counselors do not respect colleges ranking. How people can adequately measure things that really can’t be estimated? Can Italian food be better than French? Are emeralds are better than rubies? By their sense, college rankings can’t define anything. They can make some people feel better, but they are totally subjective. This is not to say that data is bad. Information can be very useful.

For example, the data about freshman retention rate, the share of students who are living in campus, and the financial aid package. So my advice to you here is to make your own rankings, complete your own research, count numbers that matter only to you, and think only for yourself.

Think about why are you going to college? To get education. And you can make that at any college, so rankings don’t really matter. The truths is that if you enter to any community college and you become super passionate about your studies and you communicate with your professors oftentimes, and you exert every effort on every your assignment and finish college at the top of your class – you can get really good education.

Many CEO’s of famous companies went to schools that you never knew. Remember that the name of your degree is not as important as drive and intelligence. It is only matters what you do with your studying. You could go to a very famous school but learn very little for these four years, if you chose to. You could even graduate with famous degree but find it very difficult to get a job.

Of course, you can attend a famous school, do well and use your network and get a good job. However, you can do all the same things at your local college too. Believe me, I know it for sure. I went to both colleges, and I had great experience at both famous brand place and big state community college.
Consequently, what really matters is your motivation. What marks did you get? What internships did you cover? What your professors can say about your work ethics and contribution in course? These things matter more than the place of your college in rankings, especially when you get your first job.
And the most important thing in which you need to succeed is determination. Act as Sir Winston Churchill once said: “Never, never, never give up.”
If you are interested, read my next post about why you shouldn’t be very excited if you get an email from University of Harvard?