awesomeWith the seemingly unending stream of rankings that has sprung up, it’s hard to know which ones to pay attention to. We here at the Clog are happy to provide you with the quite obvious and simple answer: the ones that rate Berkeley favorably.

We’ve already ranted about the terrible injustices that have befallen us, so we’ll spare you the boredom. However, a rather promising ranking done recently by Washington Monthly has used a different approach to the traditional college ranking.

They’ve gone a little JFK on us and have based their ranking not on what “colleges can do for you,” but what “colleges [are] doing for the country.” UC Berkeley has earned third place on the list, which includes three categories: Social Mobility, Research and Service.

Social Mobility includes the number students receiving Pell grants and graduation rate. The second category, Research, includes research findings and undergraduates who go on to pursue PhDs. The final category, Service, is kind of self-explanatory.

The source article’s title is “College Rankings That Aren’t Ridiculous: Washington Monthly,” so you know this is legitimate.

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College Rankings That Aren’t Ridiculous: Washington Monthly [Huffington Post]


We here at the Clog love college rankings, especially the ones that rank Berkeley at the top — or at least above Stanford. So when we heard that PayScale recently announced college rankings based on graduate salaries, we couldn’t wait to see our wonderful institution of higher learning at the top. Think about it: another high ranking to brag about (see mom and dad, these loans are totally worth it!) and the promise of a high salary. Talk about a win-win.

But then we saw the rankings, and boy were we disappointed. When ranked by mid-career median salaries, UC Berkeley came in read more »


So we’d already heard that we’re the bee’s knees (not that we needed telling)—we just weren’t sure to precisely what extent. But the grades are in, and it looks like UC Berkeley is truly scoring top marks: 100 spankin’ percent, to be exact.

Using a highly mysterious algorithm that we’re certain took several moons and a few gallons of orc’s blood to compute, Washington Monthly ranked read more »