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Grading the influential role of ‘U.S. News’ 2016 College Rankings report




Princeton University was the number 1 national school according to U.S. News and World Report's 2017 rankings.
Princeton University was the number 1 national school according to U.S. News and World Report's 2017 rankings.
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“U.S. News and World Report” released Tuesday it’s “2017 Best College Rankings.”

The ranking compared more than 1,800 U.S.-based colleges and included UC Berkeley as the highest ranking Top Public School among National Universities. UCLA ranked second on the same list, with UC Irvine not far behind at #8.

But what’s the process for picking top schools? And how valuable are these lists with so many out there to choose from?

Larry speaks today with a critic and supporter of the list to find out what students need to know before consulting the new college rankings.

Guests:

Lynn O’Shaughnessy, national higher education expert who provides advice to parents at her website, ‘The College Solution.’ 

Kim Clark, senior for Money Magazine and senior writer for Higher Ed.; former senior writer at U.S. news covering higher education (2000 to 2011)