Rankings

College Rankings Are Delusive — Should We Stop Giving Them So Much Credit?

It is that time of the year when high school students nervously check their email inboxes hoping they have been accepted to their reach schools. At the same time, college rankings, which many have relied on to make their list of college applications, have come under fire once more. Recently, Michael Thaddeus, a math professor at Columbia University, has openly questioned the accuracy of the data submitted by the college to U.S. News. The accusation has drawn special attention, for the school was ranked as the second-best university in the…

Get to Know Your Australian Universities — By State

Australian universities are one of the most popular destinations for international students. While its close proximity attracts many students from Asia, its reputable academic programs also attract students worldwide. Just like how the west coast and the east coast of the U.S. differ in atmosphere and culture, each region in Australia has its own specialties. Here you will be able to find quick facts about each region and renowned universities in the area. New South Wales New South Wales is where Sydney is located, and that alone speaks volumes for…

Swiss Universities With Odd Accreditation and Recognition System

Switzerland had frequently been an education destination for many European college students as the Erasmus program, a pan-European college credit sharing system, used to encompass Swiss universities. However, following the Swiss’ decision to re-introduce quotas on EU citizens in 2014, the education authorities of the EU excluded the country from their program. Since then, Swiss has been negotiating terms with the EU to re-join Erasmus. One of the main reasons why Swiss became a major Erasmus destination for European students is their global, if not euro-wide, reputation for high-quality education….

Fake College Ranking Data

A few months ago in 2021, an ex-leader of Temple University’s business school was convicted of using fake data to artificially raise the school’s ranking. Moshe Porat, who headed Temple’s Fox School of Business and Management for 22 years until 2018, colluded with fellow employees to send false data to U.S. News and World Report, a well-known source for American college rankings. The manipulated data included the number of students sending in test scores, grades, and résumé. U.S. News subsequently listed the institution’s online business program as the top ranking for…

What to Consider When Applying to a Korean University

Most universities in Korea offer courses in English. And they offer Korean language and culture courses as well. But choosing which one to attend is a difficult choice. Their capital city, Seoul, has around 40 universities. Your university experience vary widely from attending one or the other. What Major are you going for? There are numerous universities in South Korea. Knowing which university teaches your subject the best is crucial for academic career. The best university in South Korea, Seoul National University (SNU), teaches almost every subject and ranked #1…

UC’s Highest Number of Applicants With Noticeable Increase in Diversity

The popularity of the University of California (UC) is blooming. According to the data released by the university system, the number of applicants for the first-year fall admissions has hit its peak for two years in a row. An increase in applicants is in part due to a few changes the system has made: greater online outreach to students and elimination of standardized test requirements. As a result, UC’s first-year applicant number reached the highest in its history with remarkable diversity. Although the university received the highest volume of applicants…

The Role of College Rankings Changing Over the Decades

College ranking has been around for nearly 30 years. While it may be controversial in its usefulness, it is undoubtful to ignore its influence over current society. The first college rankings were established in 1995, where it was merely a statistic and did not receive any significant recognition by prospective students. However, the demand and the popularity of college ranking have been steadily growing for the last two decades. It was shown that over 60 percent of prospective students take college ranking as a reference when deciding which college to…

Mistakes International Students Make

Any international students living outside the U.S. and currently choosing a college or university will understand that it’s hard to pick the right one. As online reviews of colleges are plagued with bias and videos made by colleges are more for entertainment and advertisement, taking an objective look at the schools is harder than ever before. They mostly try to show off their fancy campuses and rankings on their websites. Instead, ranking systems from companies, like U.S. News and QS Top Universities, are often one of the few options that…

University Rankings and the Shortage of Chinese International Students

For the first time since 2010, the number of Chinese international students in the US have dropped. According to Statista, the number of Chinese students attending US universities dropped from 372,532 to 317,299 students. More Chinese international students left the US or graduated than the ones that enrolled to US universities in 2021. This is troubling universities across the US who highly rely on international students to finance their university budget. Essential Revenue from Chinese International students US universities are expense, even for US citizens. The average yearly tuition for…