International College Counselors Comment on U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges Rankings

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Expert college advisor Mandee Heller Adler, founder and CEO of International College Counselors, shares an overview and advice on using the newly released U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of best U.S. colleges.

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The most important thing is to find the best fit college for each individual student. As college counselors it’s our job to create a ranking system based on the individual.

U.S. News & World Report released its "Best Colleges" list this week causing the phones at International College Counselors’ numerous offices to start ringing. Since 1983, the annual "Best Colleges" list has been considered by many to be the best America has to offer in higher education.

“Students and their parents study the list and then have a lot of questions,” said Mandee Heller Adler, a college advisor for over 12 years. “Now it’s our turn to convince them to look beyond the rankings.”

Best Colleges 2013 includes rankings of the best universities and colleges nationally and regionally, as well as best liberal arts schools, best up-and-coming schools, best value schools and more.

On the top of the national rankings list, Harvard University and Princeton University tied for first, a repeat of last year. Yale University was third. Fourth place was another tie, this one between Columbia University and the University of Chicago.

"The ‘Best Colleges’ guide is a way to start the search for a college," said Mandee Heller Adler, CEO and founder of International College Counselors. "It gives students and parents angles to consider when choosing a college and a way to connect schools with specific programs. However, as any of our college counselors will tell you, no decision on what school is a best fit for a student can be based on a list alone.”

Among up-and-coming schools, U.S. News & World Report ranked George Mason in Fairfax, VA., at the top of the list, followed by University of Maryland – Baltimore County, Drexel University, Arizona State University and the University of Central Florida.

“The most important thing is to find the best fit college for each individual student,” said Adler. “As college counselors it’s our job to create a ranking system based on the individual.”

This year, college advisors at International College Counselors helped more than 200 students find, apply to and gain acceptance into the college of their dreams. The expert college counselors at International College Counselors are dedicated to helping students and their families successfully navigate the college application process.

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International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications to domestic and international students.

The college counseling and college coaching services are tailored to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student. Mandee Heller Adler, founder of International College Counselors, is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and also received an MBA from Harvard Business School. International College Counselors’ achievements include being recognized as one of South Florida’s Top 100 Small Businesses in 2012.

International College Counselors has offices in New York, New York; White Plains, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Miami Beach, Florida; Miami, Florida; Coral Gables, Florida; Palm Beach, Florida; Boca Raton, Florida; Medellin, Colombia and Caracas, Venezuela.

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