The Limits of College Rankings

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Last weeks Forbes released the 2019 college rankings. While these rankings can be useful for students when deciding which schools to apply to or attend, it is also important to understand their limits and flaws:

Some statistics are self-reported by schools and can be manipulated or falsified

-Algorithm adjustments imply larger year-over-year changes than reality

-Tuition cost information—including ‘Net Price’ and ‘Average Aid’—is misleading

-The exact ranking of a college is less significant than which tier the college is in.

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