It’s that time of year again! That most worthless of weekly news mags, U. S. News and World Report, has just published its annual list of America’s Best Colleges. As usual, they tinkered with their ranking system again, for the sole purpose of fiddling with the order, thereby creating some news. Will Princeton or Harvard be number one? Yawn.
Happily, Radar magazine has come out with a far more useful feature: America’s Worst Colleges. They explain:
This year, U.S. News & World Report announced that their new college rankings system would involve “substantial changes in methodology.” And now, after much hyperventilating, the 2008 results are finally in.
We’ll save you some time: Penn jumps from seventh to fifth! Dartmouth gets squeezed out of the top ten! Identifying America’s best colleges is about as exciting and useful as naming your favorite luxury sedan (Audi). For the millions of students whose SAT results place them south of Swarthmore, identifying the schools to avoid at all costs seems like a far more valuable service. And so we present Radar’s exhaustive, semi-scientific guide to the most substandard colleges in America.
It’s a very amusing list. Go have a look, and don’t ignore the comments!