HYP: Time to celebrate. Everyone else: Get ready to be pissed off.
Justin Pope over at the Associated Press scooped the US News & World Report college rankings by 6 and a half hours. While we vivisected some of the rankings from the the Princeton Review’s “Best 371 Colleges” and Forbes, no one cares about those lists.
Onward past the jump to the rankings that really matter, which we arrange into a handy, numbered list, because for some reason Pope didn’t do that.
Pope gave the USNWR list a lengthy write-around (his way of pretending he didn’t break the embargo?), but here are the rankings he did spill:
4. Cal Tech
4. U Penn
That’s right, Pope tells us about the fourth place clusterfuck but neglects to mention our other friends Brown, Columbia, and Cornell. That doesn’t mean they’re not in the top 10. Or does it?
The rankings are determined by a mix of SAT scores, peer reputation, selectivity, alumni giving, reading chicken entrails, and phrenology.
UPDATE: Ivy Gate commenter Double Ivy writes that the entire list was leaked this morning on the College Confidential forum. The poster claims he picked up a copy of USNWR off the newsstand a day early, so we can’t fully stand behind it.
Some of it holds up, though. The Huffington Post story published 8 hours later affirms the rankings, and it’s probably beyond coincidence to call two ties, one a four-way, randomly. Without further ado, the alleged top 20:
20. Notre Dame
And now you know.