Today begins the annual rite of passage when a for-profit magazine releases a marketing initiative that parents and high school students all over the world are tricked into thinking is somehow meaningful, and encourages our furious sprint toward digging ourselves further and further into a life of debt-servitude. That’s right, today the latest edition of US News & World Report‘s university and college rankings has arrived! Did you check to see where your school landed on the list this year? Why? Why did you do that? I did!
Coming in at #1 is Princeton, with Harvard trailing all the way down at #2. You know what that means? Aside from a lot of Cantabrigian heartburn, that is? It means nothing much at all. Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Chicago, Duke, and the rest of the likely suspects round out the top 10. Isn’t that nice?
Criticism of the rankings isn’t hard to come by (you can read a good summary at The Atlantic). Probably the best argument against them, however, and this is something that somehow only just occurred to me this year, is how stupid it is that so many of us made such an important decision about our future based on some fucking magazine’s listicle. It’s a prestigious one, sure, but a listicle all the same.
Anyway, go Crusaders. I guess.