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Urbana-Champagne is ranked higher than ND? Are you kidding me! Look at every single stat including career placement (especially), avg gmat, avg gpa, quality of alumni network- which can be slightly subjective. It almost seems like USnews rank schools by who they "like".
Ok, I guess UC Irvine just fell out of the rankings then. Surprising considering they went up in the last Financial Times rankings. Still waiting on Anderson decision today but most likely Irvine is where I will end up so just wanted to check on it.
It will be interesting to see if these turn out to be legit. I guess they look pretty believable. They definitely got it right starting with Harvard and Stanford.
NYU looks like a big winner, no doubt helped by the record numbers on wall street the last 2 years - although this argument doesn't quite hold water when you see how Columbia is ranked. I wonder why they don't seem to benefit as well.
UCLA looks like the big loser this time. I'd be interested to see the full report to try to figure out what caused their drop. The changes year to year seem to be tied selectivity and placement numbers. Changes in reputation usually take more time to show up in rankings. I wonder if UCLA took at hit in either selectivity or placement. Unfortunately, the data for our application season this year will not show up until later. I'm eager to see if it was in fact a tough year like many of us believe.
Anyhow, I'd say there are no major surprises in the elite/ultra-elite categories. Obviously every school can't be ranked #1, but my initial reaction is that there's nothing at the top of the rankings to make anyone change their thinking at this point.
Well, once again, US News rankings are much closer to Hjort's cluster system, which, IMHO, is the closest to a "proper" ranking you can get. I have not checked so much beyond the Trans Elite cluster, but above those, the ranking is pretty close.
So there goes my vote for US News vs. BW (which, IMHO, is BS).