The top colleges in America 2013

Do college rankings matter? With the price of a 4-year education approaching $250,000, it's a no-brainer.

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Aug 12, 2013 7:09PM
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Seriously? Pomona over Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT?  Berkeley at #22? Who can take this seriously?

Aug 13, 2013 7:34AM
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I just want to say, I am not an education snob. I believe that many people should not spend the money to attend college. Trade schools, or community college plays an important role in our society. Being an apprentice, or on the job training is a wonderful way to learn a skill. 
All I am saying is, certain jobs require the best education and that is where great schools come in.

Aug 13, 2013 9:04AM
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Funny how a lot of these top schools are liberal arts schools which are also rated as the most overpriced and useless degree granting schools.  Odd
Aug 12, 2013 8:40PM
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You have got to be kidding me.  There is no reason that a private college is worth the money.  The education and quality of education are not worth the monetary difference in the grand scheme of life.

I am so sick of these useless twits in the media, guidance counselors, and others saying that you have to go to a big name school to succeed.  With a VERY RARE exception there is no difference in the education.

The one exception to this list will be USMA at West Point.  The calibre of education, and other life skills that are acquired at any of the 5 service academies is exceptional.
Aug 13, 2013 12:56PM
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Yawn....always the same schools for the most part.

I work in higher education as a senior student affairs administrator at a Big 10 school. The "best" school for a student is the one that offers the best "fit." There are too many factors to isolate what a best school is.

Some students attend very prestigious schools only to graduate with a lot of debt and few job prospects. How "smart" is that?

Aug 12, 2013 10:34PM
Aug 13, 2013 11:04AM
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And what makes these the top ten unless it cost.  Because you can a better well round education in a lot better schools than these and you won't be brain washed or conformed to their way of thinking. Where is the disclaimer for what these schools paid for this article.  The best school for anybody is dependent upon the person and the direction they are choosing for their life.
Aug 16, 2013 4:01PM
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Pomona College does not even come close to belonging on this list. 
Where is Dartmouth? Michigan? Cornell?
Aug 13, 2013 12:34PM
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How come that Forbes did not consider University of California, San Francisco as worth to make their 500 list? It is one of the best medical universities in the country, but probably Forbes does not know that yet… or it might be that University of California, San Francisco did not pay enough to make their list!!
Aug 12, 2013 10:28PM
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C -Train Harvard 1990...
Agreed, Pomono College? Who sits and makes these lists? 

I am Erican...if you needed brain surgery, would you rather your doctor graduate Stanford, Harvard, etc. or a community college?
Aug 13, 2013 5:28PM
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Having gone to Cal (MCB) I can see Stanford as #1. I like to say you go to Cal so your kids don't have to.  It was a meat grinder with huge survival of the fittest bell curve grading in lower divs. Someone HAS to fail those classes and that's why UCB grads get respect if not the job. smaller class size upper divs, with easy access to grad school classes (which many don't know are easier to get the A in). You can never go to class and get a C but try getting an A in a class where the instructor spent the first half hour talking about how smart his daughter is (never his son oddly enough (my sample size here is 4 classes)). I am proud to have gone there. Very few nations in the world would offer the son of a custodian the chance to take a shot at the kid who has been talking politics or neurosurgery with his parent at the breakfast table since age 5. I understand where you are coming from Matt Damon. MIT though really should be #1. Look at the results from that school. Boston Robotics, Sarcos Raytheon alumni and do they still not give grades the first two years? No that would not work at ACME U. Military training IS the best (I never joined and never will). Why? Because Harvard grads lives depend on West Pointers knowing how to do their job.
Aug 13, 2013 12:56PM
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THIS is Forbes list?  Swarthmore, and Pomona over Duke, Va Tech, and the LIST goes on...


Really?

 

It's getting very sad...when things like this are more common than not.

Aug 16, 2013 11:22AM
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Are you kidding me the UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA did not make the list and north western did 
Aug 13, 2013 10:51AM
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Stanford's mascot is NOT ""The Cardinal"... it's simply, "Cardinal"
Aug 16, 2013 7:48PM
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That would be, "then you're good.
Aug 12, 2013 8:40PM
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most of these colleges are big progressive liberal run colleges with big union salary teachers who

can't be fired and make 5x more than regular teachers and get all kinds of perks for brainwashing

kids into this big govt cry baby progressive give me give me now now I want I deserve mentality!

they should all be shut down and the progressives run out of this country!

Aug 13, 2013 8:49AM
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I attended the University of Pennsylvania and you didn't, nuff said.
Aug 13, 2013 9:19AM
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Private schools have more professors that have committed violent crimes including murders and rape.  Pomoma is backed by Social News and Obama too. 
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