U.S. News College Rankings: The Big Gainers and Decliners Over Three Years

In many ways, the U.S. News and World Report college rankings are an annual parlor game that makes irresistible reading for students, parents, alumni, educators, and of course journalists. Who's up a notch? Who's down two? 

Does it matter whether Princeton nosed out Harvard, or vice-versa, or they tied? The question answers itself.

Still, the fascination endures. Put it this way: How many insiders who were given advance access Monday to the rankings that were released at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday deleted that e-mail without even taking a peek?

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