Do college rankings matter? | Arizona State University


Why do college rankings matter? Who do they matter to most? Assistant vice president of Enrollment Services and executive director of Admission Services at Arizona State University, Matt Lopez, explains that some rankings do matter, but ultimately picking a school that feels right for you takes priority.

Every year the U.S. News & World Report releases its #bestcolleges report.
It’s a big deal, and universities around the country tout their achievements. We’re including ourselves in this. Have we mentioned that ASU has been named No. 1 in innovation for five straight years?

With so many rankings and a seemingly endless number of sources, understanding the value in the ones colleges promote can be a bit confusing. Lopez advises students and their parents not to ignore rankings, but to instead take a critical look at the scientific rigor that goes into determining the rating.

Peer-to-peer rankings can be relied on the most. This is when universities are evaluated directly against each other. A lot of scientific research goes into it, and there will be plenty of concrete examples to help justify the ranking. Rankings that are more of a popularity contest should be taken with a grain of salt.

What do you think? Do you take college rankings into consideration when evaluating which college or university is the best fit for you? Let us know in the comments.

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