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Old 04-18-2009, 06:57 PM   #21
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So I guess Chicago, Stanford, MIT, Harvard and Penn would be my top choices then.

Thanks for the info!
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:40 PM   #22
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The Gourman Report contains rankings for undergrad depts but it is highly controversial (like all other rankings) and hasn't been published for quite some time already. But I do find them kinda accurate in gauging general perception of the (american?) public.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:50 AM   #23
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Yeah, I am aware of the Gourman Report too but it smells slightly fishy to me.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:14 AM   #24
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Is the 1993 Gourman Report the latest one around?
http://consusrankings.com/category/g...uate-programs/

The Gourman Report: Leading Graduate Economics Programs (1993, 6th Edition)
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1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2. University of Chicago
3. Stanford University
4. Princeton University
5. Harvard University
6. Yale University
7. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
8. University of Pennsylvania
9. University of California – Berkeley
10. University of Wisconsin – Madison
11. Northwestern University
12. Columbia University
13. University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
14. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
15. University of Rochester
16. Brown University
17. Carnegie Mellon University
18. Johns Hopkins University
19. University of California – San Diego (UCSD)
20. Cornell University

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Old 05-01-2009, 04:12 PM   #25
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There is no easy metric with which to rank departments for undergraduates. For graduate programs, rankings can be done by considering factors like research quality, success of graduate students in academia, faculty reputation etc. However, it is much harder to figure out if a department provides good teaching and mentoring for undergraduates. Reputation and research quality do not correlate very well with teaching quality. Undergraduates do not in general contribute to research, so their success on that front cannot be measured. Career success is also hard to measure for them, since a department may produce a lot of undergraduates who succeed in fields outside of their major. Or it may be a PhD program feeder school and produce mainly wannabe researchers. There is no way to say that a department of the former type is 'inferior' to the other (or vice versa). It all depends on what you want out of an undergraduate education.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:25 PM   #26
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There is no easy metric with which to rank departments for undergraduates. For graduate programs, rankings can be done by considering factors like research quality, success of graduate students in academia, faculty reputation etc. However, it is much harder to figure out if a department provides good teaching and mentoring for undergraduates. Reputation and research quality do not correlate very well with teaching quality. Undergraduates do not in general contribute to research, so their success on that front cannot be measured. Career success is also hard to measure for them, since a department may produce a lot of undergraduates who succeed in fields outside of their major. Or it may be a PhD program feeder school and produce mainly wannabe researchers. There is no way to say that a department of the former type is 'inferior' to the other (or vice versa). It all depends on what you want out of an undergraduate education.
Thanks for the clarification.

But is surely there is a way or rough gauge to determine which university is better for certain subjects? (In this case, Economics)
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Old 09-06-2009, 04:20 PM   #27
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How about dartmouth's and brown's economics undergraduate course? I'm planning to apply to these 2 universities. I know dartmouth is more focused on undergraduate study, hence explaining why it is non-existent in the rankings provided above. But in terms, of undergraduate study, ranking and reputation, where does dartmouth college stand?
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:30 PM   #28
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how about the berkeley undergrad economics program? any ideas?
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #29
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I was always under the impression that the quality of undergrad courses in the US is more or less similar throughout. But I'm not too sure about that. I don't think it really matters, unless you're looking to go into postgrad.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:40 AM   #30
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I think these forms may be useful. It lists a couple of schools which you can consider. They have set pretty high standards for their students given that they have listed Cornell as a safety school for all of their students.

Here is the link.

http://www.rjc.edu.sg/USapps/documents/roughguide.doc

Just know that some of the Ivies like Cornell are used by a vast majority of RJC students as safety schools.
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