Post # 1
So the World University Ranking recently came out and ranked my Alma Mater as the 24th best university in the world (Go Jackets!).
As such, it has been all over my Facebook page (which is how I even heard about the recent ranking). I noticed that someone had commented on one of my friend’s posts that “Did you really pick your school based on it’s ranking?”, seemingly in disbelief that one might do that.
The comment kind of struck me as odd since I based my entire college search originally off of a list of school rankings.
I knew I wanted to major in Biomedical Engineering and, at the time I graduated HS, there were very few programs even in existance (and even less that were actually accredited). I started my college search with the list of the Top 20 programs in the country and only considered those schools. I narrowed it down to 7 that I applied to and then made the final decision after visiting campuses, meeting students/faculty, and considering scholarship packages. Therefore, to me, taking school ranking into consideration when deciding where to spend thousands of dollars on your degree doesn’t seem too crazy. Am I in the minority?
So did your school’s ranking (overall, in your major, in sports, as a party school, etc) play a role in your decision to go there?
Post # 3
Ah, yes. My father went to the North Ave. Trade School, as well. I loved homecoming so much, wearing the gigantic mums with little bees on them. Go Jackets 🙂
I looked at schools that were in a general geographic area, and that had certain programs, and fell in love with one, and then when I realized it was ranked in the top 10 in its region (USNews, or Princeton rankings, don’t remember – long time ago). I applied only there (early decision). So, yes, ranking was important, but wasn’t what necessarily led to the school to start with. It was more that it confirmed what I suspected about the school from gut feeling: that it was a good community with strong programs. Go Apps!
Post # 4
My school was one of the top in the nation for my major and arguably the top for the specific focus I was interested in at the time. Definitely a big determining factor.
Post # 5
I was headed to a California University with several scholarships in tow but at the last minute due to a change of heart and a knee injury I opted for a private school instead. It was a well ranked school but not ivy league that is for sure. To be honest I made my final decision because they offered me a free ride. I didn’t dare turn that down.
Post # 6
BOOM! Number 4 in the world rankings I read law at the University of Oxford and obviously its reputation had a huge influence on my decision to apply there. I never thought I’d get in, so it was kind of a matter of having nothing to lose by applying. I think that if you’re serious about your career it makes complete sense to pay close attention to the rankings as where you study can make a huge difference to how your taught, which in turn can affect your employability in the future, whether because of your actual knowledge, or the way you think about things, or the perception of the ‘worth’ of your degree, or a huge number of other things.
Post # 7
I went to the school with the best programs that I could afford. Yeah for state schools! Location was a biggy for me too, I was tired of pocky small town life and wanted to experience something new.
Post # 8
I said “other” because I didn’t consider ranking, but I should have. I’m a first-generation college student, so I didn’t have much help with the whole process, and we first-gens tend to “under-match” ourselves. Everything is working out now that I’m in grad school, but I often wonder how much better off I’d be if I’d applied to highly-ranked schools.
Post # 9
The problem with those rankings is that they do not include liberal arts colleges. My college is ranked in th top 25 in liberal arts colleges.
I chose the schools I applied to from the Princeton Review’s top 350 colleges. I wanted small classes, which meant I was basically going to a liberal arts school no matter what.
Post # 10
I voted “other” as it wasn’t really about RANKINGS as just about overall reputation. I went to Georgetown, and from the moment I was accepted and continuing on til now, people are wowed by this. Including my current employers during my interview. It’s funny because University of Washington, my safety school, is ranked much higher than Georgetown on that list, but I remain certain that I made the right choice in going to the school everyone’s heard of. I mean, if it’s good enough for Bill Clinton, it’s good enough for me!
Post # 11
Ranking played a part in my choice of school, definitely. I think it’s silly to base your decision soley on rank, but I also think it’s silly to completely disregard it. It should be weighed with other factors so that you can pick the school that is the bet fit for you in.
Post # 12
@iarebridezilla: The thing with this list is that it’s about universities rather than colleges…so they’re including all the graduate degrees a school offers as well as the undergraduate.
Also when did you graduate? You must know my distant cousin…
Post # 13
For me it was just about what school ‘felt’ right when I toured them. And what wasn’t going to leave me with too much debt because I knew I’d be getting an advanced degree.
My undergrad is one of the top 75.
ETA: For my advanced degree, ranking also wasn’t an issue because I just chose the school closest to me that offers my program. I’m lucky enough to live close to one of only 10 in the country.
Post # 14
Ranking was a big deal to me.
A little off topic, but I’d like to know how they actually did these rankings, because, quite frankly, I don’t believe a lot of the placements on that list…
ETA: I read their methodology, and after that, I continue to believe that these are not accurate.
Post # 15
Not really? While over all my university is kind of a joke, we have a nationally ranked nursing program and in Texas, we are as highly ranked as a couple other programs that are much larger and have a lot more money than us. But my degree will get me hired over a lot of other people because managers and HR departments know how incredible he program is, even if the rest of the university isn’t very wonderful.
Post # 16
For college, I only ever considered UC Berkeley. Rank was one reason, but there were a lot of others. Go Bears!!
For law school, I went to the best ranked school I got into. And I think, in general, anyone going to law school should follow that policy, at least with regard to groups of rankings (top 10, top 25, top 50, top 100, etc.).