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What do you make of different UG school ranking systems?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by robbieflick, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. robbieflick

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    Just saw this yesterday:

    http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list/

    ...and immediately was excited to see my small liberal arts school ranked higher than many of the traditionally more prestigious schools in the country.

    Do these 'alternate' rankings really matter though? Is U.S. News and World Report essentially the gold standard when it comes to these things?

    If that's the case, I'd also like to know why - the Forbes ranking system seems a bit more commonsensical. Of course it serves my purposes better so I'm a tad biased :laugh:
     
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    Who cares about any rankings systems to begin with?
     
  4. AestheticMed

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    Honestly, just go somewhere you like and which gives you the best bang for your buck.
     
  5. Narmerguy

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    Firstly, the USNews will always rein supreme. For the colleges that are ranked highly in Forbes but aren't for USNews, they may brag about this measure on their brochures and things like that. But when parents are looking for the best college to send little Jimmy so he can become a fancy Investment Banker and tear up Wall Street, they're choosing the USNews rankings as their guide (it fits that "subjective" prestige metric better.

    Secondly, remember that SDN is pretty unreceptive to any discussion about ranking or prestige. That's good and bad at times but it's simply part of the "culture" that you find here. Think critically about this stuff for yourself and don't necessarily feel compelled to believe anything I or anyone else tells you.

    Like any ranking, Forbes has their biases and you need only look at their methodology to reveal it.

    When you look at this stuff, you can tell that their bias is on someone who wants to get their best $$ value, not necessarily the best opportunities. For example, the military academies (ranked as high as top 5) may not actually be better than UPenn (ranked 50) in their education or the opportunities they provide. However, the military academies are free and UPenn costs $50,000+ per year so in this Forbes ranking, that shoots the academies to the top.
     
  6. robbieflick

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    Already been to school - it was curious to me that the school I've graduated from according to one system is ranked so different from the traditional ranking system.
     
  7. My schools is relatively high on both but there are a lot of fantastic universities that are way too low like cornell or carnegie mellon and in my opinion, they overrated a lot of liberal arts schools on forbes.
    I picked my school because it gave me the most money, not because of rankings and that's probably how it's going to be for medical school too, if I'm provided the opportunity to choose.
     
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    These rankings are always fun to look at but don't pay too much attention to it. Otherwise your letting others tell you your worth.
     
  9. robbieflick

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    Thanks - this is not about me boasting about prestige, rather curious as to others' views on different ranking systems and how they're formulated. Because GPA is intrinsically tied to the tier of the institution where you achieved it, it strikes me as a pertinent issue.

    Furthermore it's not affecting any decision, simply trying to reconcile a school ranked in the 100's according to one system, and beating out Ivies according to another one.
     
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    :thumbup: this.
     
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    I agree that USNews is supreme in terms of rankings
     
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    Oh I was more speaking to the SDN public than to you directly.

    I really don't like either. I think there are ways to rank schools that might be more valuable that isn't really done, probably because it's not as financially valuable...it can only be as financially worthwhile as the reading public considers it I suppose.
     
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    I'm not a fan of this list... Looking at my state schools, the ones that ranked higher were schools that people don't want to go to because they aren't good...
     
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    If I MUST drool over rankings, I'd rather use US news, forbes just lists a bunch of small private colleges (Wofford is ranked higher than Berkely, that school is a joke even in SC).
     
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    Forbes is garbage compared to USNews.
     
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    the us news & world report is the only one i use
     
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    Who are you? You're like a sage man. Everything you say is top-notch.
     
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    usual sdn responses to anything about ranking:

    student in "lowly ranked" or "no name" school: rankings don't matter at all! it's all about the individual!

    student in "highly ranked" or "prestigious" school: rankings don't sway adcoms THAT much, but it does play a role.

    reality: if you were an ADCOM, would you choose the 4.0/35 MCAT student from harvard or 4.0/35MCAT from south east north west joseph schmoesph iowa state? yeah, yeah, personality, extracurriculars, personal statement, LORs, your overall application, race/ethnicity, and all that other good stuff matters too.


    all i'm saying is that any advantage helps in the admissions process. is that advantage worth $40,000+/yr for 4 years (or more)? is it worth it to invest that much in your future? that's up to you and your parents to figure out. at the end of the day, you should go to the most competitive school that you can get into,"fit" into, and afford. it helps if there's a med school/hospital attached where you can shadow, research, and gain other health related experience.
     
  21. aSagacious

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    Michigan State at #349 woot! :cool:
     
  22. Drrrrrr. Celty

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    I can honestly say, I don't recognize more than 10 schools in the top 50. The rater really has a hard on for liberal arts colleges that no one has heard off, I swear.
     
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    same here
     

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