Local colleges and universities have topped a handful of the myriad, less-than-scientific college rankings lately. Here's a round-up:
Macalester College topped the list of "colleges with the most liberal students," or so says a Princeton Review list published by The Huffington Post.
Macalester College is also No. 7 among the most friendly campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students, according to another Princeton Review ranking published by Huffington.
The University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College were among the top 20 "least-rigorous" schools listed by the Daily Beast. The University of Wisconsin- Madison was No. 3, the U of M was No. 4 and Gustavus was No. 14.
That seems like it'd be tough to measure. Here's how the site explained the rankings:
To pick out the least challenging of the nation's top colleges, we considered schools that admit students with an average Critical Reading/Math SAT score of at least 1250. We then took into account student opinion, quality and quantity of professors (which directly impacts challenge and workload), and drop-out rate. The total score for each school consisted of several components: College Prowler's "Most Manageable Workload" score (40%), student-to-faculty ratio (25%; from the National Center for Education Statistics), and an analysis of student-posted evaluations on RateMyProfessors.com (25%; generated by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, an education think tank). Additionally, we plotted each school's average SAT score for admitted students against its freshman retention rate (percent of first-years who return the following fall; from NCES) to estimate the degree to which each college's actual retention rate differed from what the correlation would predict. We took the results as a measure of relative ease or difficulty, and factored this in as 10% of the overall score.
St. Olaf College topped another Daily Beast list -- for best food.
No Minnesota schools made a new list of the nation's most pet-friendly schools. None on the list of green colleges, either.
What do you make of these lists? What list would you like to see?