The USNWR lists are nice mechanical rankings. Barron's, which has been producing college guides since 1950s, is a little more analytic. Its guide to selective colleges only deals with the cream, such as Michigan and Berkeley.
Our local U. of Illinois should be proud of its dozen Nobel laureates. Is that a high number? My daughter e-mailed me that her little school (Cal Tech) with 1,000 students has 40 plus Nobels. She also told me the advantage of having average math SATs of 790 is that the class isn't held back by slower students in the mid-700s.
Wow, way to under exaggerate the U of I's Nobel laureates and over exaggerate Cal Tech's. The real numbers are 21 and 30 respectively. Not a dozen and 40+ as you or your pompous daughter put it; let me know when she gets her first...
I'm not sure what Universities "hold" their students back due to low math test scores? At the U of I if you test well you are placed in a higher math class. Some engineers start in Calc I, some in Calc II and even some in Calc III. I'm guessing your daughter is so smart she would have completely tested out of even Advanced Calc right?
I'm sure your daughter’s professors really love you and your daughter for her arrogance if she’s anything like you say. I had a few kids like her in my classes. The type that would bring needles things to the teacher’s attention and argue about them for half the hour; the type of kids that run home to study and have their heads in their books until they go to bed.
Good luck to your daughter in the real world, where she might need to interact and be cordial with coworkers and clients. Maybe go out for beers after work... Oh wait I'm sure you forbid your daughter from having any fun...
Speaking of work, here's what some fellow Illinois Alumni and Faculty have accomplished:
As of 2007, 21 alumni and faculty members are Nobel laureates and 20 have won a Pulitzer Prize.
Alumni have created companies and products such as Netscape Communications, AMD, PayPal, Playboy, National Football League, Siebel Systems, Mortal Kombat, CDW, YouTube, Oracle, Lotus, Mosaic, Safari, Firefox, W. W. Grainger, Delta Air Lines, BET.
Alumni and faculty have invented the LED, integrated circuit, THX, quantum well laser, transistor, MRI, and Plasma screen, and are responsible for the structural design of such buildings as the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the Burj Dubai.
I'm sure you have heard of a few of these things. I am looking forward to you and your peach of a daughter's response... I'm sure her school has done better three times over right?