Importance of School Rankings

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Discus: College Admissions: 2002 - 2003 Archive: November 2003 Archive: Importance of School Rankings
By Necromancer (Necromancer) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 05:50 pm: Edit

How do your rankings factor into your college admission? Do they group together everything over 25% or 15% etc., and how much does getting into top 10% really matter?

By Metz (Metz) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 05:52 pm: Edit

Totally depends on what type of schools you're applying to.

By Drago (Drago) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 06:00 pm: Edit

Well, it depends where you are applying, and it depends also on your high school, too, I think.


By Necromancer (Necromancer) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 06:39 pm: Edit

Do you know how the ivies handle it?

By Metz (Metz) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 06:46 pm: Edit

Go to and look up any school to see what % of the students accepted were in the top 10% and top 50%. I think all the Ivy League schools' classes consist of 90-95% students in the top 10%. If you aren't in the top 10% it makes it MUCH more difficult, as they only make up 5-10% of accepted students.

By Thedad (Thedad) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - 08:19 pm: Edit

PR's THE BEST 351 COLLEGES has data on virtually every school in the book for percentage of class from the top 10 percent, top 20 percent, top 50 percent, etc.

Class rank appears to matter very much. If seen admissions data from some schools that even breaks it down top 5 percent and second 5 percent...that data makes it appear that being in that top 5 percent is very well worth working hard to attain.

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