The U.S. News and World Report 10 best colleges typically makes me want to laugh or cry, depending on the situation. I laugh at the idea the University of Chicago (#4) ranking ahead of Cornell University (#15), but I confess to some personal bias. I cry when students (and honestly, parents too) try to use the list to pick the best school.
Typically it's not a strict "#1 is the only school for me" thing. The list is more often used to try to distinguish between 2 schools under consideration.
Even U.S. News and World Report acknowledges on their Finding the Right School page that the list has limited practical application.
"Finding the right college for you is just as, if not more, important than finding the best college. Use our tips, tools, and expert advice to explore your options."So go ahead. Read the list if you want to. But also check out some of the tools and articles they offer. They can help you reach a much better choice that any "top ten" list out there. And hey, if you're into lists in a big way, you can always come back years later to see how they rank your alma mater.