Tier Two Colleges Pros & Cons

The tier ranking of college is used for categorization of colleges and universities according to their reputation. There are four categories, namely; tier 1, tier 2, tier 3, and tier 4. Since the year 1983, there are no tier ranking methodologies for ordering the various universities that are responsible for shaping the career of millions of students across the globe. But in the year 1983, the US magazine of News & World Reports’ published an article named as the tier ranking of colleges. Though initially this ranking system was not accepted by all but with passing decades the tier system ranking became more famous and widely accepted. The ranking procedure is a much debated topic since no one knows what standardization method is used by the magazines to create this ranking list.

The U.S. News & World Report’s magazine creates the tier ranking list based on the information collected from different educational institutions through the school’s website and annual surveys. Along with these, the magazine considers the opinion survey of university faculty and external administrators of the school. Since 1983, the magazine publishes the list every consecutive year.

How the tier ranking system started, how famous it is are all questions of history. The questions that are of utmost importance are:

  1. What is the benefit of tier ranking system?
  2. What if I get don’t get selected in tier 1 college?
  3. Is a tier 2 college a good option?
  4. What are the pros and cons of joining a tier 2 college?

These are some of the questions that trouble every student before joining a university. Here, we will try to answer these questions with complete honesty.

A Master’s Degree gives our career a boost, the propulsion which it lacked in the past. So, to master the field of specialization, there are many factors that help. And these factors can be fulfilled by a good school only as the student needs the help of faculties, a friendly environment along with opportunities to prove their credibility and strength. The world ranking helps you in deciding which graduate school to join to fulfill your dreams.

But it is not always compulsory to get selected in the top fifty universities; there can be many factors for that, though, such as your GMAT/GRE scores, finances, your undergraduate GPA, etc. Still, it does not mean that you have failed or there is no future ahead of you. You can choose a tier 2 college as they are no less than tier 1 colleges. Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of joining a tier 2 college.


  • Most people assume that the reason for entering a tier 2 college is a low score in a competitive exam.
  • Some companies give more privilege to the tier 1 universities if the score of tier 1 and tier 2 university students are same.
  • Less facilities than tier 1 colleges.
  • You need to work harder to achieve your goals.
  • You will need to show true enthusiasm to outshine every other student.


  • You can directly and comfortably interact with your faculties.
  • There are some really talented and knowledgeable teachers who can help you in your research and achieve your dream.
  • Less financial stress as the fee of tier 2 college is comparatively less.
  • You have got complete independence of doing anything and pursuing any interests, as the college won’t interfere much.
  • With low academic pressure, you will have ample time to brush up your skills.
  • These are some of the pros and cons that can help you in making your decision.

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