If you're at all involved with the world of college admissions or college in general, you've no doubt seen all the different varieties of college rankings. If you've spent much time on the College Confidential discussion forum, especially in the late summer, you've probably seen the massive discussions — sometimes heated arguments — about the infamous U.S. News Best Colleges rankings that come out every year around that time.
It must be part of our competitive human nature to cheer for a favorite college, either on the sports field or in a magazine's opinion. I certainly won't get into which colleges are the best. I've always been an anti-rankings guy. I believe that whichever college provides a young person with the best fit, best education, and other intangibles at an affordable cost (minimizing or hopefully eliminating the need for massive student loans) is the #1 ranked school for them.