Colleges: The Picking Order

The second most desirable colleges in the U.S. are Harvard and Radcliffe, says the top 8% of 1,500,000 high school entrants in the National Merit Scholarship competition. So who's on first — and so on down to tenth? The bright kids' picking order, according to a three-year survey:

BOYS

M.I.T.

Harvard

Stanford

Caltech

California (Berkeley)

Yale

Princeton

Cornell

Columbia

Michigan

GIRLS

Stanford

Radcliffe

Cornell

California (Berkeley)

Michigan

Wellesley

Duke

Northwestern

Columbia (Barnard)

Smith

...

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