It's been an unusually busy week for college rankings. Here are three college-related lists that we'd like to bring to every Bro's attention: 25 schools stocked with jocks, 25 colleges ranked by recruiters, 50 best schools for men. All the details are after the jump.
Newsweek's "25 Schools Stocked With Jocks"
Read it: Here
Notes: The University of Tulsa surprises us by taking the No. 2 spot over No. 3 University of Alabama, with No. 1 going to the University of Nebraska. The University of Florida, which has a budget of almost $95 million dedicated to its Department of Athletics, didn't even make the list. Props to Newsweek for acknowledging the athletic programs at small, elite Northeastern schools such as Williams College, Middlebury College, Bowdoin College, and Bates College, but quite frankly we're scratching our heads over why Newsweek elected to include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a list about colleges stocked with jocks. Are they high? The magazine claims 53% of all students at MIT participate in intramural sports and 22% play varsity. However, clearly the intern that compiled this list failed to fact check what classifies as intramural athletics in Cambridge, Mass. According to MIT's very own website, fall intermurals at the school include dodgeball, badminton, bowling, flag football, pistol, soccer, and team tennis. Newsflash, brainaics: four of those should never be considered sports. Gym class time killers, perhaps, but definitely not sports. The spring list of options isn't any better: B.S. questionable "sports" include billiards, bowling, foosball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, unihoc (wtf?!), and octathon (wtf?!?!). In all likelihood, this explains the 53% participation rate in these glorified summer camp activities. Oh, by the way, quidditch isn't a sport either, nerds.
The Wall Street Journal's "Top 25 Colleges Ranked by Recruiters"
Notes: WE ARE... the number one school in the country for job recruiters at major U.S. companies for filling an entry-level job. And third in the country for student debt, but that's a different story. Here's a pull quote from the Wall Street Journal that sums it all up:
In the study—which surveyed 479 of the largest public and private companies, nonprofits and government agencies—Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked as top picks for graduates best prepared and most able to succeed.
There's vibrant discussion in the Brommunity about the merits of this ranking. Read it here.
Guyism's "50 Best Schools for Men, 2010-2011"
Spoiler Alert: Here
Notes: Earlier this week Guyism's editorial team ranked 50 of the nation's leading universities, awarding each school points in five categories: academics, location/weather, social scene, sports, and school traditions. The formula also incorporated rankings from Princeton Review, US News and World Report, and Playboy's semi-annual list of top party schools into the mix. The result is a solid -- albeit subjective -- list of 50 academic institutions all men should consider when making a decision about where to spend the best four years of your life.
We still have a few minor gripes. Every school in Guyism's Top 10 is either below the Mason-Dixon line or in California. Clearly this is a direct result of including weather in each school's score. As BroBible's Intern Tim pointed out over the summer, there are plenty of attractive reasons for men to consider going to school in the North: Lax, skiing, small yet prestigious liberal arts colleges, high-profile internship opportunities, professional sports rivalries. We'd also like to point out a few sins of omission that caught out attention: Where's Indiana University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Colorado at Boulder? We'd make a solid argument for including a few non-BCS conference schools such as the University of Delaware, James Madison University, and Miami University of Ohio on next year's list thanks to their solid reputation for throwing a great party.
Read 'em and discuss among yourself in the comments.