College rankings mislead high school seniors

The brouhaha over college rankings does more harm than good
(“There’s Only One College Rankings List That Matters,” The New York Times, Mar. 27).  That’s because they place far too much importance on brand names.

High school seniors admit that their No. 1 concern is the wage premium attached to possession of a degree. If so, they need to pay much closer attention to their choice of a major.  I maintain that a degree in, say, gender studies from one of the Ivies is less likely to pay off in income than a degree in computer science from a second-tier school.

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