Forbes Magazine List of Top Colleges

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  1. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Forbes Magazine (not to be confused with US News and World Report) lists the top 50 colleges in the country. West Point is #1 or #2 (depending on which list you read.) Navy is #30 and USAFA didn't break the top 50. Something sure seems amiss when there is such a wide discrepancy between three relatively similar colleges. In any event, it's good to see that an education at the academies is at or very near the very best in the United States. (of course, you already know that.)

    http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/94/colleges-09_Americas-Best-Colleges_Rank.html
     
  2. clueless

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    USAFA is #7
     
  3. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Seventh... maybe, but the kids there are #1 !!!
     
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  5. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    I'd like to say, "just seeing if you're paying attention."....but I'm tasting both crow and egg on my face. I can't believe I looked at that list and missed USAFA.....yes, it's boldy placed at #7. Sorry for the mistake on my part.
     
  6. PDub

    PDub Prospective

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    I'm not sure if I completely agree with the Forbes' rankings. In terms of education, I've always thought that the USAFA curriculum was more extensive than West Point.
     
  7. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    I think to take this as a "definitive" rating is rather...simple.

    Take a look at the criterion they used...it's sorta...skewed.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83

    P.S. I usually NEVER take these types of ratings to heart because one can make the criterion so "obscure" or "strange" as to set a result to whatever the desired outcome is.
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    They are both about the same in number of majors and types of majors. USMA has 46 majors.

    If they used the same criteria in evaluating all schools, then it's not skewed; unless they picked the criteria so certain schools would come out on top.

    The fact that the Service Academies ranked so high is good for all and had created quite a "buzz". Folks who thought that cadets were only learning how to march are now seeing the amazing academic opportunities available.
     

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