The American Community College

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It is difficult to imagine a college bound senior making the big decision on where to attend college without the help of college rankings and family influence. Making such an important decision requires heavy research for the college bound student, and it is no surprise that college rankings are one of the first places students look for advice on their future school. Many high school seniors are concerned with the rankings, the “image”, or school pride associated with colleges. As seniors question which school is the best and strive to meet the admissions standards that seem to continually increase, it is important to question whether or not the quality of education is better at colleges with higher rankings and admissions standards. The process behind the rankings should be more exposed and by doing so, it may persuade college bound students to consider other factors that would impact their college experience. This may convince college bound students that rankings and admissions standards are not as important as they are held to be, and it would be beneficial to the students to realize that a quality education can occur at any college and not just the prestigious ones.
Considering the importance of the ranking system and the role it plays in a student’s perception of a quality education, it is important to define what the ranking system is. The United States College ranking system, according to US News and World Report, is a systematic way of ranking the country’s best colleges, in numerical order, to provide a way for students to consider what the top colleges and universities are. Seniors find these rankings important because they feel the need to base part or even most of their decision off of these statistics. These r...

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