Study considers effect of college rankings on number of applications

01/23/2014 | U.S. News & World Report

Colleges ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News and World Report see a 6-10% jump in applications, according to a new study by researchers at Barnard College, Columbia University and New York University. The study also found colleges named to Princeton Review's Top 20 list for best overall academic experience had a 3.2% increase in applicants. "It raises important questions about the large role these arbitrary rankings can play in the college selection process," Randall Reback, one of the study's authors, said.

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