America's best colleges and universities

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    Mar 26, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    So my friend (and I sorta) have been working on a very coherent yet succinct website depicting the top colleges and universities in the United States. From our perspective other websites usually have so many statistics and jargon and ads that it's hard to find everything you're looking for on one page. It's also saturated with numbers and stats (my favorite thing). Hopefully this site will take off! Check it out and tell me what you think!icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.50topcolleges.com

    Not sure where to put this thread, but it's news eh....right?
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    Mar 26, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    This looks really cool!

    What I like about it is that it in and of itself doesn't attempt to rank any of these colleges, but merely presents in a small section what other sites have decided to rank each school. High school kids get too caught up in rankings, which are mostly silly anyway.

    Also the layout and overall design are quite nice. I hate sites that are impossible to get around/are ugly, and you guys avoided those pitfalls.

    Some things I think would be cool to add might be a "pictures" section where you can look at pictures of the campus and maybe also a "testimonials" section that showcases a few students describing what life at that school is like.
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    Mar 26, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidSo my friend (and I sorta) have been working on a very coherent yet succinct website depicting the top colleges and universities in the United States. From our perspective other websites usually have so many statistics and jargon and ads that it's hard to find everything you're looking for on one page. It's also saturated with numbers and stats (my favorite thing). Hopefully this site will take off! Check it out and tell me what you think!icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.50topcolleges.com

    Not sure where to put this thread, but it's news eh....right?


    You know US news has had sort of a stranglehold on this type of information for a while.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it was successful if they tried a lawsuit. It wouldn't be legitimate. But they make a boatload of cash on that issue. And the underhand stuff for colleges to get on the list has been reported on.

    good luck to your friends website.
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    Mar 26, 2011 9:16 AM GMT
    Cardinal724 said
    Some things I think would be cool to add might be a "pictures" section where you can look at pictures of the campus and maybe also a "testimonials" section that showcases a few students describing what life at that school is like.

    These are good suggestions. My friend who made the site plans on having something similar to these. We're just taking baby-steps in the initial launching. icon_smile.gif


    musclmed saidYou know US news has had sort of a stranglehold on this type of information for a while.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it was successful if they tried a lawsuit. It wouldn't be legitimate. But they make a boatload of cash on that issue. And the underhand stuff for colleges to get on the list has been reported on.

    good luck to your friends website.

    hahahah nice theory. The shady things going on in the background is one of the reasons 50topcolleges.com needs to exist. It's more of a balance, or weighted average, of all the different sources putting ranks on the colleges. So if one college is "buddies" with a list just to get to the top, it won't make as big of an impression on this balanced rank.
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    Mar 27, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    Cardinal724 saidThis looks really cool!

    What I like about it is that it in and of itself doesn't attempt to rank any of these colleges, but merely presents in a small section what other sites have decided to rank each school. High school kids get too caught up in rankings, which are mostly silly anyway.



    ^^^^^^this. So many people get wrapped up in rankings that they stop thinking for themselves. When I was deciding where to go to school, my friends didn't understand why i didn't choose a school that was higher on the US News list. But I made my choice based on what my interests were.

    People just need to chill.
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    Mar 27, 2011 10:12 AM GMT
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    Cardinal724 saidThis looks really cool!

    What I like about it is that it in and of itself doesn't attempt to rank any of these colleges, but merely presents in a small section what other sites have decided to rank each school. High school kids get too caught up in rankings, which are mostly silly anyway.



    ^^^^^^this. So many people get wrapped up in rankings that they stop thinking for themselves. When I was deciding where to go to school, my friends didn't understand why i didn't choose a school that was higher on the US News list. But I made my choice based on what my interests were.

    People just need to chill.


    Well apparently your choice made the 50topcolleges.com rank after all. What were your friend trying to get you to go to, Harvard?
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    Mar 27, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    Nice site. Ques- Why should the ivys be so prominently featured? Aren't schools such as Stanford and MIT just as "good". To come up with the groups, you do have to rank, at least determining what separates these schools from the next tier not on the site. Shouldn't the ranking method or the discriminators be presented?
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    Mar 27, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidNot sure where to put this thread, but it's news eh....right?

    Depends on what your career goals are. You want the college that's best recognized in your career field. You want engineering or science, MIT will stand out on your resume. You want business, Harvard will be the ticket (actually you need the MBA).

    So what do you wanna do? Name your degree, and it's easier to name the college for you, if you can get in.
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    Mar 27, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    hahah wtf. how dare you put my alma mater in the "fivey" league!!!

    jk, that's actually a really well-organized site, and a great idea to aggregate all the confusing information spread out over the web. i wish i had this when i was applying to undergrad...

    just have to add, i'm pretty sure lauryn hill + alicia keys both dropped out of columbia so they're not technically alumnae...
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    Mar 27, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
    haha. i didn't know you could be productive in your spare time. ;)

    i'm putting together a college prep packet for a high school program that i volunteer with. a link to this site will definitely be going in the packet. great looking site! thanks.

    p.s. add some scientists to the notable alumni section for johns hopkins. we have plenty. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 27, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    sean_zuri saidhaha. i didn't know you could be productive in your spare time. ;)

    i'm putting together a college prep packet for a high school program that i volunteer with. a link to this site will definitely be going in the packet. great looking site! thanks.

    p.s. add some scientists to the notable alumni section for johns hopkins. we have plenty. icon_smile.gif


    Thanks for adding the site to the college prep packet!! To give credit where it's due, this is vastly my friend's website. I'm just helping him out. He came up with all the ideas, though I did collect the information for half of the colleges from seriously almost a dozen different sources. He's a genius for finding them and making a good summary with the most important information. I'll suggest to add more notable alumni for johns hopkins. If you have any suggestions (specific people) I'll send it to him. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 27, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidNice site. Ques- Why should the ivys be so prominently featured? Aren't schools such as Stanford and MIT just as "good". To come up with the groups, you do have to rank, at least determining what separates these schools from the next tier not on the site. Shouldn't the ranking method or the discriminators be presented?


    It was really difficult to narrow it down to 50 colleges. So there's really 50 best colleges in addition to the Ivys. Personally I went to the University of Washington, and that school is #7 in the amount of research funding, but it's not even up on the list (though it would make the top 100). The point is to display the Universities and Colleges that are overall the best. It doesn't mean that other colleges don't excel in one or more fields. But this site is for those who want to know more about the arguably most reputable schools.
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    Mar 27, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    Here's what I find so funny about America's obsession with rankings. The Mayor of Boulder CO. got her degree from none other than Colorado BUT she went to Vassar for two years and claimed that she finished there. You would think Colorado would carry plenty of weight in Boulder so why should she feel the need to claim she got her degree from a former Ivy sister school.

    http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_17619732

    I'm saying this not out of sour grapes as I went to an excellent school but I think education is what you make of it. When I was looking for work I was "allowed in" to certain firms by virtue of the school I went to but I still think it is bullshit. I've hired guys from UVa and Columbia masters, Winthrop, The Citadel and Columbia and let me tell you the Winthrop and Citadel guys were just as smart and worked harder. The other two had some entitlement attitude going on. Like when I ask them to do something they give me "is this going to be my job".
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said I'll suggest to add more notable alumni for johns hopkins. If you have any suggestions (specific people) I'll send it to him. icon_smile.gif


    Add Sergey Brin and Larry Page to Stanford too! icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidLooks really nice.

    The "fivey" league was clever and I personally really liked it. But I wonder if humor like that might be misinterpreted by prospective onlookers. They might make the assumption that coined terms and humor is a lack of professionalism. Academia is generally a stuffy and serious business, unfortunately.


    Thanks again all credit goes to my friend (and none to me). It's worth the risk to add humor. After all, "I can't believe it's not butter" probably sounded silly when it was first coined and now it's a profitable consumer item.
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    Mar 28, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidLooks really nice.

    The "fivey" league was clever and I personally really liked it. But I wonder if humor like that might be misinterpreted by prospective onlookers. They might make the assumption that coined terms and humor is a lack of professionalism. Academia is generally a stuffy and serious business, unfortunately.


    Utter nonsense.
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    Apr 06, 2011 6:26 AM GMT
    Check out the new page on this site called "Rankings"

    http://50topcolleges.com/Rankings.html

    It's a median of the 6 leading publications ratings so you see more of a FAIR ranking of the colleges. It takes rankings from Forbes Magazine, Revealed Preference, State University.com, US News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and Wall Street Journal.