Want to Be Rich? Don’t Go to Hopkins–And Other Weird Lessons From the DB College Rankings

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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
Academics-9
Student Life-543
Future Earnings-80
Affordability-659
Diversity

University of Maryland-College Park-47th overall
Academics-154
Student Life-140
Future Earnings-39
Affordability-318
Diversity-545
Nightlife-45

Loyola-170th overall
Academics-246
Student Life-130
Future Earnings-58
Affordability-851
Diversity-120
Nightlife-409

UMBC-176th overall
Academics-339
Student Life-433
Future Earnings-172
Affordability-293
Diversity-134
Nightlife-874

Towson-211th overall
Academics-578
Student Life-571
Future Earnings-375
Affordability-271
Diversity-661
Nightlife-111



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