Sunday, September 24, 2006

College Profiles: The Worst Colleges in America

"Happily, most of life's decisions are reversible. Shoplifting misdemeanors can be expunged, tribal tattoos erased, Joe Francis can be forced by a judge to remove your underaged breasts from public view. But your alma mater, alas, is forever. Take it from us: The decision you make as a goofy 17-year-old will haunt you for the rest of your life. Luckily, we're here to help."

So say Helen Pfeffer and Harold Goldberg in a humorous and only partly tongue-in-cheek article on By gathering statistics on academics, admissions, student life, and factoring in "criteria like low SAT scores, incompetent professors, rock-bottom admissions standards, unbridled alcohol and drug consumption, rampant criminal activity, and dubious alumni," they've come up with what they believe to be the nine worst colleges in America:

  • Worst Party Schools (Tie): California State University (Chico) and San Diego State University

  • Worst Trust-Fund-Baby College: Bennington College (VT)

  • Worst Ivy League University: Cornell University (NY)

  • Worst Christian University: Liberty University (VA)

  • Worst of the Big Ten: Michigan State University (East Lansing)

  • Worst Military Academy: Virginia Military Institute

  • Worst Women’s College: Texas Woman’s University

  • The Worst College in America: University of Bridgeport (CT)
Read more by clicking on the link below. I think it’s safe to say that DD will not be attending any of these schools.


At Wed Sep 27, 02:49:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Sam Jackson said...

Why is it "safe to say" DD won't be going to, say, Cornell? Is that separate from this list? I ask only because "worst ivy" doesn't really say very much at all... and to discard somewhere because of its inclusion in one such list is ridiculous and myopic. There are plenty of reasons it might not be a good fit for someone, but one silly list isn't a very good one. That being said, the other places on this list look like they have some serous issues going for them.

At Wed Sep 27, 03:50:00 PM 2006, Blogger College Parent said...

You're quite right, and the only reason Cornell was on this list was because the authors decided to make "worst ivy league university" one of their categories. I don't think anyone could honestly argue that Cornell is a bad school! This is a silly list. But I still thought it was interesting.

At Wed Sep 27, 03:56:00 PM 2006, Blogger College Parent said...

P.S. to Sam Jackson: I just took a look at your blog, and it's very interesting! I will definitely follow along on your journey through this process with great interest.

At Sat May 10, 02:01:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is to the confused parent who wrote this blog... unless you can back it up, do not state that Cornell is the worst ivy. Honestly, even though your child may be attending an elite school in New York, that by no means indicates that your child will even be admitted to school like Cornell. To be completely, I was deciding between Harvard, Brown and Cornell, and ultimately chose the latter. This blog is ignorant.

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"After reading this blog, I'm tearing up my Big Red application and attending Bob Jones!"

Let's waste time defending an Ivy Leauge school.

Don't you all have multi-million dollar companies to run?

It's a joke, people. Apparently you aren't taught how to laugh in Ithaca.

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