My son was meeting with his high school counselor when he told her he wanted to attend Cal because it was the no 1 public university.
The counselor (a UCLA undergrad and Rice grad) said the ranking was true just as long as he understood it was relative to graduate school - not undergraduate. Her point seemed to be that unless he was planning to go to graduate school at Cal which less than 1% of Cal undergrads do then don't limit his possibilities. There are other public universities including Virginia, Michigan, UCLA and Texas which are top ranked too.
Is she correct? And where does that no 1 ranking come from?
Edit: the title should read "Please help me settle a debate.