My gripe has nothing to do with choosing where I will attend.If you are going to go through the motions of creating a quantifiable evaluative system, why not trust it and rank the schools accordingly?The fact that they are tied in the 8-9-10 slot has nothing to do with them all being great schools (which they are). It has to do with placing at least three PUBLIC schools in the top 10!
I prefer a system that eliminates the tie. Breaking a really close tie may be MORE arbitrary, but if there is a justification, it's not meaningless. Give me the number along with the ranking. They're not all 78's. One is a 77.9, one is a 78.2, etc.The reason they won't take us out to the next decimal place is that the Dean of 77.6 wants his "top public" tagline.If I'm going to attend UPenn's 79 over UVA's 78, maybe I would attend Michigan's 78.4 over Boalt's 77.6.