It seems that everyone loves a list. This is a strategy to draw you in and give you information or encourage you to do something. College rankings are no different, and colleges use them to help market themselves to potential students. If you seek them out you will find many to choose from and many variations. So what do you do? How do you handle these lists as a CAA client? Here is our own list of info you need to consider.
5. College Rankings are Adjustable – College rankings are subjective by nature. The data used to compile rankings lists is vast. They include things like input from college presidents, student surveys, and other data that serves the group making the list. At College Admissions Assistance we do not value rankings because the criteria used is not consistent. With a little research you can see that even the main rankings lists do not agree. Based on what statistics you use, you can get different results
4. Top Schools are Selective – Not everyone should go to school at an Ivy League, and not everyone can handle the rigorous academic demands. For some, they would end up dropping out of school because they cannot keep up. So what if a school is at the top of a ranking? What does that mean for your life? You can have your own ranking system, especially with our available tools. There are many items to consider when choosing a college and someone else’s ranking list should not be a determining factor.
3. Career Success is the Goal – When you are choosing a college it is a good idea to begin with the end in mind. While colleges have many options with majors, they may not have the one you need to help you on your way to your dream job. Does the college you want to attend have the program you want to study? It sounds like a simple question, but you need to look to find out. Your specific career success is not in the mind of those making a college rankings list.
2. Top College for You – Our CAA team is more concerned about you than any ranking list. You have your own aspirations and your specific situation. There are many things that go into choosing a college. Each person has to decide which factors are most important. It could be things like cost, location, sports, arts, clubs, family connections or something else. A college ranking list does not tell you how you feel about factors that are important to you.
1. Use Your Resources – At CAA we have our own resources to help you make a decision. The coaching team is here to help you sort through them. We have done college research for you, and that information is at your fingertips on our site – from majors to financial aid to admissions and more. You have something greater than just a list, you have the CAA program to help!
So what is next? We have the list above to get you excited, but now is the time to connect with us. Take the time to connect with the CAA coaches and don’t get bogged down by a college ranking list. Which college is right for you? Let’s find out together.