In a recent post, I talked about the need for families, students and educators to emphasize choosing a college or university based on fit instead of reputation. Since posting it I have received a number of comments that support what I have written by a number of educators who work with students. What I have said is nothing new. If fact, almost anyone who helps students choose school repeat the mantra about fit.
You would think with so many people re-enforcing this advice it would be the accepted approach to take among many who are now applying to schools. If you did think this, however, you would, in some cases, perhaps even the majority of cases, be wrong. Why? We cannot avoid hearing about rankings. We are surrounded by them: they show up on our phones, computers, TV screens and on the lips of many who work for colleges and universities, as well as in the hearts and minds of friends and family members too. Every day there must seems to be a least one new list of top 10 places to go to school: for the best jobs, the best parties, the best resources the best profs. The list is not endless but is long and in most case not all that helpful. Lists like this are meant to draw people in and sometimes that outweighs the value of the information provide. But we can’t seem to help ourselves from looking (I include myself in this.)
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