Duke Deserved #1
I am a Duke grad and I absolutely love the fact that you provided the university the #1 ranking. It undoubtedly deserved it for multiple reasons. For one, it is located in the sunshine of the Southern United States comprising 100 million people. So it deserved proper recognition. Comparatively, the region itself is twice as populous as the northeast where the usual bloc is located.
(People also forget that Duke is a fairly newer academic university and was not embroiled, because it had not yet been founded, in the tragedies of the 19th century - with current events notwithstanding the legacy of that history.)
I myself had chosen Duke over many other extremely selective universities, including Harvard, UPenn, and Yale.
Problem with the Ivy League is that there are so many universities therein. It’s like they’re trying to collectivize a fascism of opinion for themselves. That has always appeared to be anti-competitive to one’s best instincts and standards. For example, if you go to a university that is not ranked the highest within their group, then does that mean you will benefit regardless? That’s absolutely false and quite corrupt. Why can’t they stand up for themselves? Why are they trying to group together? Who is better - Ivy League or Harvard? Ivy League or Dartmouth and Cornell?
That’s why - in an extremely important respect - just by not being in the so called “Ivy League” - Duke is more competitive, more outstanding and more stellar. When you are #1, you are #1, regardless of what conglomeration you represent.
When you win gold at the Olympics, you don’t win silver and bronze too. That’s why Ivy Leagues should lose. They have way too many trying to crowd, huddle and attack all of the pedestals together. That’s not good sportsmanship or proper scholarship.
It’s somewhat like cheating the system - not respecting the game - and then perpetrating deceptive subterfuge to subvert fair play.
Thus, you made the most phenomenal decision in the history of college rankings!
Totally Awesome. Totally Right. You get it!
All other media organizations who don’t follow your lead, including US News, are ill-advised in their wrongful portrayals to the nationwide public.
I am versed and knowledgeable about this area. If you ever would like my further input, I would love to know how I could debrief or contribute further. Maybe you should have me on the Board ;-)
Thank you for your attention. Very proud of the great work you do, College Factual. Outstanding rankings 2020.