The usual suspects make up the list. Ivy Leagues and other big name private schools sit pretty at the top, complemented by a spattering of elite public schools and smaller liberal arts colleges rounding out the top 50.
The rankings create a national obsession, pushing the false belief that if a student doesn’t get into a select school, which is typically accompanied by a high price tag, then “life will never be worth living,” Trachtenberg writes. He also discusses the ways in which schools can falsify their data, which Forbes also points out.
And they’re not wrong.
The rankings you’ve been waiting for
Oh right, the reason you actually clicked on this article.
Here are the top 15 schools, according to U.S. News. Whether or not these numbers actually matter, though, is up to you.
1. Princeton University
2. Harvard University
3. Columbia University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. Yale University
6. Stanford University
7. University of Chicago
8. University of Pennsylvania
9. Northwestern University
10. Duke University and Johns Hopkins University
12. California Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College
14. Brown University
15. University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University