It’s that time of year: rankings season. Announced last night, US News and World Report ranked Middlebury College fourth among liberal arts colleges nationwide. While many denounce the rankings and the methodology as inaccurate and even potentially harmful, US News rankings in particular are often seen as the meter of status among elite schools. Middlebury also ranked 9th in the category of Undergraduate Teaching at Liberal Arts Colleges, made the “most students studying abroad” list, and was listed as among the top 100 schools with the lowest acceptance rate.
More on that from last year’s post.
Forbes recently ranked Middlebury 26th in the nation among all higher education institutions. Princeton Review category rankings came out last week as well. For a different measure, Middlebury comes in at 23rd in Washington Monthly‘s public good rankings among liberal arts colleges.
EDIT: In a different sort of ranking, Middlebury dropped down to 11th in Sierra Magazine’s “Coolest Schools” list. We were ranked #3 last year.
How did Middlebury do this year? (vs. 2010, 2009)
We also made the “Best Northeastern Colleges” list.
||Most Popular Study Abroad Program
||Best Campus Food
||Best Career Services
||Dorms Like Palaces
||Professors Get High Marks
||School Runs Like Butter
||Students Study the Most
||Best Classroom Experience
||Best Quality of Life
||Best Athletic Facilities
U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 College Rankings places Middlebury at #4 among liberal arts schools behind Williams, Amherst, and Swarthmore. Middlebury tied with Wellesley for fourth.
Middlebury was ranked fifth in the liberal arts category for the past three years (2007, 2008 and 2009). As noted in previous years, Middlebury is part of the Annapolis Group, which expresses concerns about the ranking system as a whole. A InsideHigherEd.com story yesterday took issue with the reputational survey portion of the US News rankings. The official US News methodology. While many call the rankings flawed, they still are the most widely cited and popular rankings of colleges and universities in the United States as well as for international students looking at US colleges.
Forbes Magazine ranks all higher education institutions together in a single survey (instead of categories) and dropped Middlebury from 17th in 2008 and 25th this year. The official Forbes methodology. Princeton Review does not do number rankings but instead has specific categories across institution types (here’s how we did). Prospective students are increasingly turning to other sites to learn more about and discuss Middlebury. College Confidential runs a whole discussion that seems to be absent of actual Middlebury students and is instead helped by various Midd parents. College Prowler is also a popular option similar to Princeton Review but a bit less institutional, giving Middlebury a D+ in nightlife but an A in Academics.
MiddBlog was nominated for best alternative news outlet on the US News Paper Trail Blog last year.
Update: Sierra Club ranks Middlebury #3 in “Cool Schools,” meaning the schools with “green credentials.” Princeton Review also had us on their “Green Honor Roll“
Here’s how Middlebury did this year (compared to last year):
We also made the “Green Honor Roll“
Total cost of education, as ranked by Campus Grotto via Consumerist.com:
Highest Total Cost 2008-2009
College | Total Cost
1. Sarah Lawrence College | $53,166
2. George Washington University | $50,312
3. New York University | $50,182
4. Georgetown University | $49,689
5. Connecticut College | $49,385
6. Bates College | $49,350
7. Johns Hopkins University | $49,278
8. Skidmore College | $49,266
9. Scripps College | $49,236
10. Middlebury College | $49,210
11. Carnegie Mellon University | $49,200
12. Boston College | $49,020
13. Wesleyan University | $49,000
14. Colgate University | $48,900
15. Claremont McKenna College | $48,755