We know how much everybody loves rankings. By now, everybody has had time to digest the new law school pecking order — even George Washington Law School students.
But true prestige whoring begins much earlier than law school. U.S. News has just released (hat tip: Tax Prof Blog) a list of the top 400 colleges and universities in the world.
I’m not sure how useful these rankings are, to anybody, anywhere, ever. But I’m sure they will make some people feel good about themselves — and other people mercilessly attack the schools that are more highly ranked than their alma maters.
Of course, U.S. News just did this eight months ago. We posted about it and everything. How many different ways can this magazine come up with to slobber all over Harvard and Yale?
In any event, this time U.S. News is ranking the top 400 universities, instead of the top 200.
After the jump, take a look at the top 10.
It doesn’t look like the magazine bothered to make any changes at the top:
5. Cal Tech
6. Imperial College London
7. University College London
8. University of Chicago
But now that the list has been expanded from 200 to 400, which schools can now be recognized?
Well, apparently Michigan State students (#203) now officially know that they are way more prestigious than students at Sciences Po Paris (#207). And surely University of Miami students (#237) wouldn’t be seen in the same room as Bandung Institute of Technology students (#315). Unless there was coke in that room. In which case Miami, Bandung, and even Florida State (#300) students could probably find common ground.
But the biggest winners of this new list are Bangor “I Hardly Knew Her” University (U.K.) and Kasetsart University (Thailand). Those are two schools most Americans would have never heard of, but for the yeoman’s work done by the people of U.S. News.
Find your schools and laugh at your rivals. Happy Friday everybody.
World’s Best Colleges: Top 400 [U.S. News and World Report]
Earlier: Brand New U.S. News Rankings: Colleges and Universities of the World
U.S. News 2010 Law School Rankings