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The MCDM Project

Choosing a College with


the MCDM Process

Pre-Calculus
Harper Massey
Ms. Thomas

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Table 1.2.2
Criteria

Measures

Academics

1. National Rank
2. Acceptance Rate

Cost
3. Tuition
4. Chance of Scholarships
Location
5. Distance from Home
6. Area/City
Size

7. Enrollment

Social

8. Athletics

Measure

University of Duke
South
University
Carolina

University of Clemson
North
University
Carolina

Auburn
University

National
Rank

#108

#30

#102

#8

Acceptance
Rate
Tuition

#61

65%

9.4%

29%

52%

82.7%

$45,249

$67,654

$20,442

$40,958

$28,040

Chance of
Scholarships

High chance

Low chance

Low chance

Moderate
chance

High chance

Distance

238 miles

38 miles

39 miles

297 miles

521 miles

Area

Columbia

Durham

Chapel Hill

Clemson

Auburn

Enrollment
Athletics
Table 1.2.3

32,027
SEC/ D1

14,850
ACC/D1

29,135
ACC/ D1

22,698
ACC/ D1

27,287
SEC/ D1

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Table 1.2.4
Measure

U of SC

National
Rank

Clemson

Auburn

65%

9.4%

29%

52%

82.7%

$45,249

$67,654

$20,442

$40,958

$28,040

Chance of
Scholarships
Distance

UNC

Acceptance
Rate
Tuition

Duke

238 miles

Area

38 miles
1

39 miles
1

297 miles
1

Table 1.2.5
Measure

Scale Range

National Rank

Type
Categorical

Top Ten
Top 50
Top 100
Over 100
Acceptance Rate

9%-85%

Continuous

Tuition

$20,000-$70,000

Continuous

Chance of Scholarship

Categorical
High
Medium
Low/None

Distance

30miles-600miles

Area

Continuous
Categorical

College town

521 miles
2

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Scale: National
Measure
Rank
1. Top 10
2. Top 50
Enrollment
3. Top 100

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Scale: Chance of
Scale: Enrollment
Scale: Athletics
Scholarship
Scale Range
Type
1. Under 15,000
1. Divison 1
1. Low chance
2. 15,000SEC
2. Moderate chance
Large city
25,000
2. Division 1
3. High chance
Categorical
ACC
Under 15,000 3. 25,000+

4. Over 100

15,000-25,000
25,000+

Athletics

Categorical
SEC Divison 1
ACC Divison 1

Scale: Area
1. Large city
2. College town

1.2.6
Converting Continuous data
Acceptance rate range: 9-80

9 > 1
85 > 0

University of South Carolina


9=1
65 = x
85 = 0

Duke University
9=1
9.4 = x
85 = 0

| 65 - 85 |

| 9 - 85 |

| 9.4 - 85 |

| 9 - 85 |

|x-0|
=
|1-0|

20
x
= - x = 0.263
76
1

University of North Carolina


9=1
29 = x
85 = 0

| x - 0 | | 29 - 85 |
=
| 1 - 0 | | 9 - 85 |

75.6
x
= - x = 0.995
76
1

|x-0|
=
|1-0|

56
x
= - x = .736
76
1

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Clemson University
9=1
52 = x
85 = 0

Auburn University
9=1
82.7 = x
85 = 0

| 52 - 85 |

| 9 - 85 |

| 82.7 - 85 |
| 65 - 0 |
=
| 9 - 85 |
|1-0|

|x-0|
=
|1-0|

33
x
= - x = 0.434
76
1

2.3
x
= - x = 0.030
76
1

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Tuition range:
$20,000-$70,000
20,000 > 1
70,000 > 0

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University of South Carolina
20,000 = 1
45,249 = x
70,000 = 0
| $45,249 - 70,000 |
- =

| 20,000 - 70,000 |

|x-0|

|1-0|

24,751
x
= - x = 0.495
50,000
1

University of North Carolina


20,000 = 1
45,249 = x
70,000 = 0

Clemson University
20,000 = 1
$40,958 = x
70,000 = 0

| $20,442 - 70,000 | | x - 0 |
=

| 20,000 - 70,000 |
|1-0|

| $40,958 - 70,000 |
=
| 20,000 - 70,000 |

49,558
x
= - x = 0.991
50,000
1

Duke University
20,000 = 1
$67,654 = x
70,000 = 0
| $67,654 - 70,000 |
=

| 20,000 - 70,000 |

|x-0|

|1-0|

2,346
x
= - x = 0.046
50,000
1
Auburn University
20,000 = 1
$40,958 = x
70,000 = 0

|x-0|

|1-0|

29,042
x
= - x = 0.581
50,000
1

| $28,040 - 70,000 | | x - 0 |
=

| 20,000 - 70,000 |
|1-0|
41960
x
= - x = 0.839
50,000
1

Distance from Home range: 30-600 miles


1 > 600
0 > 30

University of South
Carolina
1=1
238 = x
30 = 0
| 238- 30 |
|x-0|
=

| 600 - 30 |
|1-0|
208
x
- = - x = 0.364
570
1

Duke University
1=1
38 = x
30 = 0
| 38- 30|
|x-0|
=

| 600 - 30 |
|1-0|
8
x
- = - x = 0.14
570
1

University of North
Carolina
1=1
39 = x
30 = 0
| 39- 30|
|x-0|
=

| 600 - 30 |
|1-0|
9
x
- = - x = 0.15
570
1

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Clemson University
1=1
38 = x
30 = 0

Auburn University
1=1
38 = x
30 = 0

| 297- 30|
|x-0|
=
| 600 - 30 |
|1-0|

| 521- 30|
|x-0|
=
| 600 - 30 |
|1-0|

267
x
- = - x = 0.468
570
1

491
x
- = - x = 0.861
570
1

Converting Categorical
ChanceMeasures
of Scholarship Area

Enrollment

National Rank
Top Ten 1
Top 50 .5
Top 100 .25

High 1

Large city 1

25,000+ 1

Medium .5

College town 0
Athletics

15,000-25,000 .5

Low 0

SEC Divison 1 1
ACC Division 1 .5

Over 100 0
Measure
National
Rank

Under 15,000 0

U of SC

Duke

UNC

Clemson

Auburn

0.5

0.25

Acceptance
Rate

0.263

0.995

0.736

0.434

0.030

Tuition

0.495

0.046

0.991

0.581

0.839

0.5

0.364

0.140

0.15

0.468

0.861

Chance of
Scholarships
Distance
Area

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Table 1.2.6
Table 1.2.9
Criteria

Measure

Academics National
Rank

Least
preferred

Most
preferred

Over 100

Top 10

Acceptance
Rate
Cost

Tuition

Points (0100)

Weight
(Points/Su
m)

100

0.225

85

9.4%

90

0.202

$70,000

$20,000

70

0.157

45

0.101

50

0.112

Chance of Low chance High


Scholarship
chance
s
Location

Rank
order

Distance
30 miles
from Home

600

Area

Small
college
town

City

30

0.067

Size

Enrollment

Under
15,000

25,000+

40

0.089

Social

Athletics

D1 ACC

D1 SEC

20

0.044

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1.2.6 Calculating Total Scores


Table 1.2.10
Measure

Weight

U of SC

Duke

UNC

Clemson

Auburn

National
Rank

0.225

0.225

0.113

0.056

Acceptance Rate

0.202

0.053

0.201

0.149

0.088

0.006

Tuition

0.157

0.077

0.007

0.116

0.091

0.132

Chance of
Scholarship

0.101

0.101

0.051

0.101

Distance

0.112

0.041

0.016

0.017

0.052

0.096

City

0.067

0.067

0.067

0.067

Enrollment

0.089

0.089

0.089

0.045

0.089

Athletics

0.044

0.044

0.022

0.022

0.022

0.044

0.472

0.538

0.573

0.405

4.68

TOTAL

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Summary
After completing the MCDM process to choose a college, the final result came out to be
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was honestly very surprised to see UNC as the top
result, since it did not offer the most preferred criteria. However, the school did appeal to my
heaviest weighted criteria, national rank and acceptance rate. For the process, I was happy with
the criteria and measures I chose to use, since they were applicable to all schools and easy to
collect quantitative data.
After using the MCDM, I thought it was extremely helpful and eye opening. I created
priorities of criteria I hadnt pointed out before, allowing me to take these factors into
consideration. However, the process leaves out several more qualitative and/or personal factors.
These factors could include being a fan of the school, having a parent as an alumni or feeling at
home on the campus. Those mentioned are all points that I take into consideration when I have
been looking into schools, and unfortunately, Im unable to make quantitative data out of these.
Overall, the MCDM Process was helpful to students, especially those unsure of where they want
to look at for schools.