What factors determine college rankings? Why would faculty and students want to attend lower ranked schools besides (perhaps) financial reasons? I don't understand how these rankings work and how do they relate to the quality of education one might obtain at higher/lower ranked schools. What puzzles me more is how do faculty and students at lower ranked universities feel about their lower ranked school and programs. Another thing I find interesting is how professors from prestigious universities decide to teach at less prestigious institutions. I would think many would either try to teach at the same level they came from or not teach at all and do something else. The whole thing confuses me. May I please obtain clarification on this?