If you want further evidence that college rankings don’t make a whole lot of sense, check out the Daily Beast’s annual list of the country’s best colleges.
Take Johns Hopkins, for example. The school has been hustling to get into the US News top 10–and they’re increasingly close to doing so. Other rankings have named JHU as the 19th or 11th best university on the entire planet. The Daily Beast has the school at number 26, below Vanderbilt, Rice, and Washington & Lee. Partly that’s because DB puts more weight on factors like athletics and student life, things that Hopkins is not so great at. But the university does rank as the 7th best in the country for…. diversity!? Again, the DB methodology is a little bit puzzling–it counts out-of-state undergrads as one point of diversity, for example.
Some other interesting tidbits about local schools from the rankings:
Johns Hopkins-26th overall
University of Maryland-College Park-47th overall
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