Do university rankings really matter?

What are rankings?

School rankings are an essential tool in the process of choosing your postgraduate program. They are one of the criteria you should consider in your decision-making process. View rankings as means to obtain information about the schools and courses you’re considering to study and compare their pros and cons.

Are the rankings reliable?

Rankings are published by various organisations. Each organization follows a different ranking methodology. They rely on information provided by people who have an interests in how the institution rankings. Hence, rankings are biased. Another thing to consider is that although the school may be ranked highly – but is the program that you are planning to consider also ranked highly?

Some tips to consider while looking at the school rankings

Do not look at rankings unless you have identified the program and the university to attend. The choice of program should be first driven from the purpose of why do want to do a postgraduate course.

Choose the rankings wisely. There are many organisations who publish the rankings and they may be biased. Try to focus on the top institutions that publish well researched rankings. E.g. FT, Usnews, The Economist etc. Also do note that based on the country you wish to study the program, a specific ranking organization may be have importance.

Compare facts like average GMAT scores, salary figures (both incoming and outgoing) can give you an overview of the quality of students a particular school admits, and placement rates or give an indication of how well that program is perceived by the industry and alumni.

You may refer the rankings to fine tune your search. Once you’ve defined the university and the program you wish to apply or accept an admit, you should schedule a visit to the school and meet current students, staff and faculty and discuss what you’ve read in brochures and online with them so as to make a rational decision. You may also want see our post shortlisting an MBA or a postgraduate program.

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