Useless Rankings: Summer roundup

Over the years, the Brown student body has accumulated all types of labels and rankings: happiest, douchiest, trendiest. Now we can add entrepreneurial to the list: Forbes published a list of the most entrepreneurial colleges and used LinkedIn profiles to identify graduates who have founded companies with ten or more employees. Out of twenty schools, Brown came in at No. 13.

The inside caps of the Nantucket Nectars bottles feature facts about the founders Tom First '89 and Tom Scott '90.

This ranking is not at all surprising: From on-campus businesses like MunchCard to national brands such as Nantucket Nectars, Brunonians have always had a flair for startups. Classes like Professor Hazeltine’s Engn90: Managerial Decision Making require students to make business plans that start as class assignments but often become actual companies later. Entrepreneurship runs in Brunonians’ veins.

In other rankings news, Forbes also released their list of America’s top colleges on which Brown came in at No. 19. In The Daily Beast’s yearly crop of rankings, we ranked 23rd for most liberal (only 23rd? Really?) and in sixth for most stressful, a ranking that seems to be based on a combination of financial aid, acceptance rates, and crime. Needless to say, if Orgo were part of the criteria, we probably would have placed higher in this category. This aforementioned stress may have something to do with the fact that we’re now considered fourth happiest. Sure, this ranking is a bit lower than what we’re used to, but here’s to hoping that Princeton Review’s 2013 rankings will bring us better news in the happiness category.

The strangest ranking of all? Brown tied for 49th (with China’s Peking University) on Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings. Had Brunonia scored just a few points higher, we could’ve tied with the University of Minnesota. Yes, you read that right.

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Brown named #18 on list of America’s top universities (for food lovers)

Sir Kensington's Gourmet Ketchup is the Ratty's newest addition.

The Daily Meal, an online food and drink blog, recently re-ranked the country’s “Top 20 universities” based exclusively on the quality of their dining services. Even though the writers praised Brown’s ability to cater to vegetarian and kosher eaters, we still came in close to last out of the 20 schools, with our ranking at #18.

The number one school on the list, Washington University in St. Louis, might offer a kitchen space where students can learn to make sushi, but I doubt its dining halls can get fratty like the Ratty. And, as if the Ratty didn’t have enough surprises over the weekend, today it introduced Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup — a brand created by two Brown alums.

We might only be #18 on the Daily Meal list, but at least we have alternative ketchup, Gail, and as of tomorrow, Mama Kim’s at the Blue Room.