Rankings Links & Information
Humor and Satire
Note: While these sites may (or may not!) contain information of value, they are designed for amusement rather than serious consideration. The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign do not endorse the sites or the information they contain. As always, for more information and current research on rankings, we encourage you to read some of the articles listed in our College Rankings Bibliography and to see our Caution and Controversy page. Please direct all comments, guffaws, snorts, chuckles or requests for information to Nancy O’Brien. Enjoy!
Academic Squirrels of California and Beyond
Methodology: Simple. The quality of the institution is directly related to the number of squirrels on its campus.
This site of international renown ranks schools based on the size, girth and health of the university’s squirrel population. Squirrel Spotters are enlisted to report on their findings. (Librarian’s note: the site is in need of some alphabetization. UIUC comes after Manatee Community College but before the College of Wooster. I mean, come on! At least order them by state/country or something.)
College Ranking Service
Methodology: This site’s methodology can be found on their Approach page. However, be forewarned, “the methodology involved is so complicated that it defies explanation.”
With the help of CRS Mighty Max, “the most powerful supercomputer in the world”, the College Ranking Service has identified 629 independent factors contributing to the quality of a college. Because rankings are inherently dynamic, each time the “refresh” button is clicked, Mighty Max will recompute the rankings based on the most up-to-the-nanosecond data. This site is the light-hearted answer to the oft-confusing arena of college rankings.