Hold onto your hats, boys and girls. Here's another list to add to your list of lists: The Most Popular Colleges In America.

Yes, U.S. News & World Report is at it again. Now it's a popularity contest. [Wasn't it always?]

It was Albert Einstein (though the quote is often misattributed to everyone from the late Senator Everett Dirkson to Muhammed Ali) who once said, “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”

How very true!

So, a college that may be extremely popular with the masses of college applicants may not, in fact, be right for the students who, following the crowd (or the latest reported trend), are applying there.

In other words, the goal in college applications -- and the ensuing acceptance once admitted -- is to apply and ultimately get into a college that is right for you, whether or not that school tops the so-called popularity charts.

Kids -- and parents -- take heed. College is a major life decision and a huge monetary investment.

Do what is right, and not only what is deemed -- by U.S. News & World Report, or anybody else -- to be popular!

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