This is a difficult question to answer. My first piece of advice for families asking how to find the right college is to encourage them to downplay college rankings in their selection process. I used to be the person in the admissions office in charge of providing the rankings agencies with their data; because of that experience, I have distrust for rankings in general. I think rankings are really good at collecting information that you don’t need and then creating a rating system that (while it might use good data) doesn’t answer the real question.
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