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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Jul 24, 2013 8:31PM

I know Forbes and, to some degree, US News & World Report caters to an upper middle class to upper class demographic but I wish they would compose, print, and advertise a list that most people will find useful, such as "Top 100 Public Universities that Most Americans May Be Able to Afford"

Jul 25, 2013 12:44PM
Having both undergraduate and graduate degrees, I find these type rankings to be a total joke. There is  no way to truly rank a school  because of the different majors involved .( All schools do not have the same majors) . I feel they should  show the majors that  the school is strong in,  and compare that.  Thanks !

Jul 25, 2013 12:53AM
What a farce story!

Just an elitist author working for an elitist "pulp" promoting elitist universities!

Maybe she could get off her high throne, go out, and do serious research about what schools are the  best, making sure to also include universities that Joe/Jane-Average American can afford.
Jul 25, 2013 12:38AM
The complete list is a joke unless you show some of the grading criteria. It looks very biased and far from many other Top 100 lists found on the web with a simple search. Don't take much stock in this list at all.
Jul 25, 2013 10:35AM
Stanford tuition 2012-2013 school year was $77,529 for on campus. I can get much better "bang for the buck" elsewhere.
Jul 24, 2013 11:20PM
Every one of the colleges on the list are either East of the Mississippi or in California. Do you think the raters might be a bit biased? Apparently they are among the elite that think the rest of the US is a "flyover zone".
Jul 24, 2013 11:38PM
Where is Univ of Michigan or Northwestern and the University of Chicago/
Jul 26, 2013 7:15AM
I would share only my personal experience, having taken graduate programs at both Stanford and MIT. Many employers (mine included) recruit management trainees only from universities on this list (and not all of them...). I know of investment banks and VC groups that recruit exclusively from Stanford and Harvard in the US, no other schools. I grew up in the SF Peninsula (now 'Silicon Valley') and now live and work in the NYC metro area. The East Coast is absolutely wed to Ivy degrees and 3 years at McKinsey. The West Coast is still more open to broader schools, but bottom line is that an MIT, Harvard, or Stanford background will get you bumped immediately up to consideration for any role. Schools like Pomona or Williams are less so, but they rely very heavily on an incredibly strong and successful alumni.
In Nor Cal, schools like San Jose State and Chico State, which have extremely strong engineering programs (in some cases, pioneering programs) still put a lot of backbone engineers into placement, but they are generally not fast-tracked for mgt roles, and they honestly have to fight pretty hard to get those first roles out of college, particularly now companies looking for 'Rock Star' engineers (I first heard that term from Netscape recruiter...). Google used to advertise for candidates "from top programs" though not sure if they still do
Bottom line, if you can get into one of these schools, or one comparable like Michigan, Duke, or UCLA/Berkeley, there are obvious reasons why you should (and you probably already know that:-)
Jul 25, 2013 11:38AM
The article mentioned Gerald Ford as an graduate of Yale.  Did he not play football at Michigan?
Jul 26, 2013 7:00AM
The one thing you can say about most of these schools is that, if you qualify, there is generally funding available and even if you amass huge debt, most of these are pretty locked in for a career path (OK, if you choose some major like French or Theater, you should know up front the long term career risk) and they have proportionally high graduation rates. Compare that to state schools and private schools that take in boatloads of students who just amass debt and then drop out. That is a huge issue with Cal State - not hugely expensive but dropout rate is significant and these guys are stuck with debt and little way to pay it off. In America we do a terrible job gauging and steering kids from a younger age, and we have some kind of social stigma against the trades and trade schools. Europe does that much better
Jul 25, 2013 2:01PM
What about U. of Virginia, William and Mary, Duke, Ole Miss, Auburn, Vanderbilt? Those are all great schools!
Jul 25, 2013 5:27PM
Actually, cardinal is the main color that represents Stanford. There mascot IS NOT the bird, commonly referred to as a cardinal, but rather a tree: "The Tree".
Jul 26, 2013 4:43AM
The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, is an outstanding university.
Jul 25, 2013 12:58PM
Where's "The School of Hard Knocks" listed ?  You know the school that Buffet, Ellison, Gates, Zuckerberg (ad nauseum) attended ?
Jul 26, 2013 8:36AM
Does anyone proof-read these articles?  You have the graduations dates reversed on G.W. Bush and G.H.W. Bush.  Your lack of attention to detail is appalling! 
Jul 25, 2013 9:21AM

Sad that, in this country, every single aspect of our lives is determined by how much money you have.  What is worse, most of these rich "people" have about as much intelligence as a high school drop-out.  Their greed is just more than enough to get them what they want.  And when that is the sole concept behind your country, then we were doomed from the start.

Jul 26, 2013 3:56AM
Ah yes once again  a list of the 'best'  colleges.  Too bad for the  fly over states since education there  ends at high school. Maybe someday some colleges will be built there & the  author can have some to check out. Quite a shock that she  included  " The  US Military Academy" . However there are two other Military Academies.  Annapolis & the Air Force Academy. Both with equal requirements & outstanding graduates.
Jul 25, 2013 1:39PM
How about community colleges? It wont cost you your life to get an education. Oh, I forgot, its like Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, etc... its a little nicer inside, but you get raped by the price.
In this case the NAME of the school gets you in the door before anyone else applying. It does not mean a better education in any sense.
Jul 26, 2013 11:56AM

...Reading some of these comments you'd think there was hope and change coming! Frankly, this is the list, has been the list and will always BE the list since despite the mantra of hope and change those running the show from either end of the spectrum are really part of the same group...the wealthy elite.

  You are all here to work, make a bit of money and spend it on whatever they tell you is important so you feel good for awhile. They let you hold your paycheck just long enough to make you think you're living the dream. You are debtors. Programmed to be debtors and go with the program they have set out for you. Think for yourselves. Save some money. Don't answer the Pavlovian Bell and break out of their program.


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