I was browsing through the USNews rankings and I noticed that both Dartmouth and Brown are ranked low (34 and 40 for research, respectively). If I am not mistaken, both of these schools are ivy leagues. Why are they ranked so low? And this is not even due to the subjectivity of the USNews ranking. I mean I haven't seen any SDNer spilling their heart over these 2 schools (no posts about "official dartmouth countdown" for example). Even many unknown public schools are higher ranked than these two schools. The reason I ask is that I regret not applying to these schools. I got into UCSD, which is ranked alot higher than these schools. Maybe I could have gotten into Dartmouth or Brown? I'm kind of tired of the California scenery and wonder about what my life would be like in the New England lifestyle.