Yes, I agree with these factors, but you can't completely ignore ranking if you're looking at the quality of the clinicals and plan on pursuing a residency after the DPT. The quality of your education won't vary tremendously from program to program yet the affiliations/networks do. U.S. News is ridiculous, but we can't ignore the fact that we live in America and reputation plays a role. With the increasing number of new grads how does one compete for great jobs when we all will have licensure, good clinical grades, and zero "real" work experience coming out of school? What universities do we see recruiters flocking to and how do we as new grads create leverage during negotiations?Cost, location, NPTE first-time pass rate, that is what you should care about.