Selectivity in U.S. Schools Not Always Based on Accurate Stats
We recently included a post on the Rasul Learning Group blog about how the official university and college rankings list can leave some questions unanswered. In this article by the Washington Post, it is clear that schools can even manipulate their rankings. By including certain metrics such as unfinished applications, U.S. universities and colleges can appear to be more selective. While colleges are becoming more and more accountable for “scrubbing” their stats, it is still an issue in the U.S. system.
It is important to keep these things in mind when looking at all official lists, since acceptance rate is a largely used metric in ranking schools.