Americans are obsessed with rankings, with colleges being no exception (“Are the U.S. News college rankings a joke?” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 16). The trouble is that applicants seek different outcomes. If pecuniary factors are the sole concern, then it’s easier to determine which are best by simply measuring income earned after graduation compared to the costs incurred in earning a degree.
But not everyone seeks the same thing. A college that is a good fit for one person can be a disaster for another. That’s why the U.S. News rankings issue is a poor choice. Better to look beyond sheer rankings.
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