U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Colleges

According to Business Pundit, the annual U.S. News and World Report college rankings are set to be released Sunday evening.

The 2011 college rankings were fairly predictable, with Harvard taking the top spot for the second year in a row (it shared the honor in 2010 with Princeton.) The U.S. News & World Report rankings are fairly controversial every year, as every release sparks a debate on whether or not schools should be ranked and what data should be used.

Other ranking systems have emerged as U.S. News & World Report’s rankings have gotten stale (for instance no public schools generally crack the top 20, Ivies dominate, etc.), including Forbes, Princeton Review, and newer conpanies such as The Best Colleges. Worried parents are desperate for validation of their parenting choices and for getting their children into highly ranked schools as a guarantee of a good life, especially in the newly brutal and unforgiving economy. Because of this the U.S. News rankings are always a large news event, and we expect tomorrow to be no different, even though we fully expect the list to mostly match 2011’s, with some slight changes.