Just as high school students are getting into the thick of their college search, countless organizations release college rankings. The experts say that these rankings should be taken with a grain of salt, and they’re right.
Finding the perfect college for you has nothing to do with the rankings. It’s about academic and social fit and in most cases, proximity to your home as well as tuition costs. But checking out the rankings is always interesting, if not just plain old fun.
U.S. News and World Report, the annual publisher of the most prominent college rankings, has just released its list of America’s Best Colleges. We’re counting down the list with a Fastweb twist – check out the top 10 schools and some of their scholarships
10. Dartmouth College and California Institute of Technology (Tie)
Paul L. ’83 and Neil T. McGorrian Fellowship
$1,000 April Scholarship
Easy to Apply
at Dartmouth and The Stamps Foundation Scholarship
8. University of Pennsylvania and Duke University (Tie)
at University of Pennsylvania and University Scholarships Program
at Duke University
6. Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Tie)
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at Stanford and Balanced Man Scholarship
4. University of Chicago and Columbia University
UChicago Charter School Scholarship
at University of Chicago and Paul Nichoplas Scholarship
3. Yale University
Yale University Scholarships
1. Princeton University and Harvard University
Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships
at Princeton University and Harvard University Scholarships
Check out more rankings on Fastweb, like the Top 10 Party Schools of 2013
How seriously do you take the rankings? Do they influence your college choice?