Ah, college rankings.

They seem to be so useful for the college-seeker, wrapping up something so complex as the choice of which college to attend into a tidy ordered list. Now, all you have to do is start at the top of the list and work your way down, right?

Yeah, if you want to blow a ton of money on application fees, and get a lot of rejection letters.

There are lots of reasons why the annual college rankings aren’t very useful when it comes to finding the best college for you, one of which is illustrated by the top ten in the U.S. News college rankings. If you saw last year’s rankings, you might think you’re experiencing deja vu this year.

In fact, it’s barely changed for the last seven years. Princeton and Harvard duke it out for the top two spots, Yale is destined to be stuck in third, and the rest of familiar faces just play musical chairs with the remaining spots:


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