By Rohan Andresen ’12
According to U.S. News & World Report, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona have moved back about 20 spots in college rankings from last year.
ASU moved from No. 121 in 2009 to No. 143 this year and similarly UofA moved from No. 102 in 2009 to No. 120 this year.
College counselor Mrs. Robin Miller said she doesn’t take much stalk into these rankings because of the criteria that they take into consideration and the need for the rankings to be interesting in order for U.S. News & World Report to sell more copies.
She went on to say that she doesn’t think they take many factors into account such as student satisfaction as well as how many students are able to acquire jobs soon after graduation.
Brophy students seem to be loyal to their state schools as well.
“I definitely think it’s important to realize the rankings that each school holds; however, I believe that you can do amazing things at public universities, just as easily as you can do poorly at a private university,” said Jeff Rightnowar ’11.
Michael Keenen ’11 said UofA dropping in ranking doesn’t make him hesitant to attend the university.
He said he was still more concerned about the location of the school over the ranking.
Other seniors agree that the rankings are not concerning.
“ASU and UofA dropping in college ranking doesn’t really matter to me,” said Kyle Roman ’11. “They’re both still solid schools no matter what their ranks may be.”
Mrs. Miller said she still thinks most of the students at Brophy will apply to the in-state schools for the financial benefits over the out-of-state universities and the competiveness and selectiveness of the honors colleges.
She reported that at least half of her current counselees have already requested transcripts for in-state schools and more than 75 percent of them will request in-state transcripts in the next few months.