Monthly Archives: May 2012

How Much Do U.S. News Rankings Favor Private Universities?

Over the years, U.S. News has established its annual “Best Colleges” report as the most important ranking guide, but our analysis of the rankings indicates that some leading public universities have not been ranked as highly as they deserve to … Continue reading

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Public Universities That Ivy-Leaguers Choose for Grad School

It is true that graduates of Ivy League and other elite private universities who continue their studies beyond the bachelor’s level tend to do so at other private elite universities, but it appears that about 30% choose graduate programs at … Continue reading

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Univ of Arizona Honors Grad Finds Deepest Commitment

Aspiring honors students typically can list an impressive array of accomplishments to go along with their high test scores and GPAs. These are often sufficient to merit their admission to honors programs throughout the nation. From all the evidence we … Continue reading

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UW Honors Students Study with Former Inmates, Break Stereotypes

Questioning stereotypes is an important part of the college experience, as UW Honors students learned yet again by attending classes with former prison inmates. Below is the latest in our series of campus news articles that speak to the influence … Continue reading

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ASU’s Barrett Honors College: Best Value-Added Impact in the Nation

The Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University not only provides the highest level of honors education to more than 3,500 students but also enhances the value of its home university to a greater extent than any other major honors … Continue reading

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UMass Honors Student Works Against Quake Damage in China

In our continuing series that shows how honors students influence their universities and beyond, we include the following from UMass Amherst. The story shows the importance of undergraduate research programs, such as the research assistantships offered at UMass. “The 2008 … Continue reading

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College Value: Public Honors vs. Private Elites

The well-known Kiplinger Best Value Report gives us one measure of how our universities compare when it comes to delivering a college education at a cost that has strong value in relation to the quality of the school. The Kiplinger … Continue reading

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NSF Grants: Public Universities Compete Strongly Against Private Elites

As noted elsewhere on this site, the private elites–Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, etc.–typically dominate the best-known prestigious postgraduate scholarships and fellowships, such as the Rhodes and Marshall awards. But when it comes to earning research fellowships from the National Science … Continue reading

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These Universities Are on Kiplinger AND Princeton Best Value Lists

Both Kiplinger and the Princeton Review present a top 10 list of the best values in public education–the state universities that provide a very high level of quality at a reasonable sticker price or at a price that is offset … Continue reading

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Florida, Penn State, UT Austin, Clemson, and Missouri Lead in Career Services

According to the Princeton Review, four of the 50 universities we currently follow on this site are among the top 20 in the country when it comes to providing career counseling and placement assistance to new graduates. The University of … Continue reading

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