In this post we asked Are College Rankings Reliable? and while people disagree on the answer to that question, there is no disputing that college students find such rankings reliable. Sure, the difference between and 1-10 might be indiscernible in actuality and thus the choice might be better left to some campus visits. Nonetheless, the schools in 1-10 are going to be great schools.
Anyway, we say this only because we like rankings. We think rankings cause colleges to strive for excellence. And while rankings aren’t perfect, they are useful. They serve a purpose.