It appears that US News disagrees with Time.com’s Money section’s opinion about Principia College. While Time places Principia as the “best college” a B-average student can get into, USNews ranks it 139 and makes sure it ties with several other colleges for the privilege.
US News’ ranking takes a number of factors into account, and while I’m not sure if they considered Principia’s exclusive Christian Science-only restrictions, I feel that 139th is a better representation of where Principia should be.
Interestingly, US News takes into account alumni donations (conveniently locked behind the paywall so I can’t see it). I suppose if alumni like their school, they’ll donate more, which reflects well on the college. In this case, the alumnus in question has been pestered with so many mailings requesting “donations” that they’ve all ended up in the recycle bin.
via U.S. News National Liberal Arts College Rankings http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-liberal-arts-colleges/data/page+6