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  1. Hi All, I'm pretty bad at navigating this site so forgive me if this thread already exists for 2018 but I've been looking at a 2015 edition of this thread and it seemed really helpful so I figured I'd start one for this year. I'm currently trying to decide between: Rutgers: Interdisciplinary. 2 years. full ride. possibility of GA positions worth 7k a semester. #20 in US News Rankings (don't know how they do these but...) University of Florida: Arts + Technology. 3 years. full ride. 22k/year teaching fellowship (20 hrs/wk). #82 in US News. USC: New Genres. 2 years. Waiting to hear back on funding. #69 in US News. Florida State University: Interdisciplinary. 3 years. full ride. 8k/year teaching fellowship (10 hrs/wk) #69 in US News. I'm currently pretty stuck between Rutgers and UF. It's hard to ignore Rutger's stature and proximity to NY but it's also hard to ignore 22k/year in Gainesville, Florida (this would feel like a fortune) and the added bonus of a 3 year program with lots of individual attention. Any input on either the specific programs or just best modes of thinking for identifying the right school would be super appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. US News has put out their annual monkey-throwing-feces-at-a-dartboard rankings. Some schools game the rankings well, while others not so much. Here's my Q: in your opinion, what is the most overrated program? Why? For many years going I have been in awe of USC for being able to scale the rankings despite having a decidedly mediocre program. Here's why: (1) They do a great job of massaging the numbers they send US News. Each school reports its funding totals to the National Science Foundation. Unlike what they send US News, NSF gets the true numbers. No double counting funding that goes to the ISI or the physics department and whatnot. USC clocks in at a whopping #42 with only $65M in externally financed research (https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/herd/2016/html/HERD2016_DST_55.html). (2) Their peer and recruiter ratings (3.7ish) are really low compared to their overall ranking. Now that is just damn impressive. Their reputation should put them at #20 to #30 school. (3) They have ridden their number fudging to build a great cash cow - foreign students fork over $50k for the honor of having USC name on their diploma. $50k for what basically amounts to a 5th year of undergraduate work, but with lax grading. This really is an impressive feat. A program with middle-of-the-road funding numbers builds a diploma mill, which probably generates $50M-100M in revenue. A good chunk of this money likely funds research at USC. MS students are probably the largest source of funding for research at USC! Give them some credit. * On the flip side, UCSB and Harvard always struck me as underrated by US News' metrics. On a more serious note, between ASEE data, NSF data, and citation metrics shouldn't is be possible to put together are more useful comparison of programs? The NRC used do something along these lines back in the day. Oh well. At least it is fairly straightforward, with a little digging, if a school's business model is built around a diploma mill.
  3. New rankings are up. Curious to know what people think about overall public affairs and policy analysis rankings, and if you're taking this under consideration as you're making your final decision: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-affairs-rankings https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/public-policy-analysis-rankings
  4. Are there any general rankings for history grad programs that are newer than the US News list from 2013? Thanks!
  5. Hello everyone, What does everyone make of the ranking of a particular program versus that of the whole university? For example, Cornell's public administration program is ranked 43, and Indiana's is ranked 1 by US News and World Report right now. The "prestige" of both universities overall is quite different. If given the choice, ceteris paribus, which program would you choose and why? How much does program ranking matter vis-a-vis university prestige in one's professional career? Does it really matter?
  6. Hi Everyone, It looks like I will be reapplying to graduate schools next year. Some of the feedback I have gotten from my letter writers is that I may want to try to apply to less top tier programs next time, but I was wondering what is the best way to determine what schools are middle tier or safety schools? Smaller, less well-known schools looked like they typically (not always) had less promised funding for Ph.D. students, which is why I didn't apply to some of the smaller programs for F17. Does anyone has any tips for figuring out safer bets when it comes to reapplying? Do you normally just look at the school's ranking for the type of program (i.e. biology, psychology etc.)? At the end of the day, I know it is supposed to be about research fit, but perhaps less prestigious programs will be less competitive?
  7. Well, the annual dumpster fire known as USNWR's Graduate School Rankings comes out tonight. I have found alternative sources for information that is important to me (ASEE, NSF HERD), but USNWR, for better or worse, commands everyone's attention. Just wanted to get the ball rolling on a discussion that I am curious to hear people's thoughts on. Q: What aspects of the rankings/published information do you find useful? Q: What aspects of the rankings/published information do you find to be pointless? In terms of useful information, I do like looking at the peer ratings (academic and industry). I don't fixate on a 0.1 or 0.2 difference in reputation, but getting a feel for the general perception of schools is a useful sanity check for me. There exceptions like UCSB, which seems to get an unjustifiably low peer academic rating. In terms of junk, I think the acceptance rates (and to a lesser extent GRE scores) are a useless measure of program selectivity. Most of the top 20-30 schools have roughly the same acceptance rates. The exceptions are the smaller programs. Of course, this also benefits schools like Wisconsin that seem to game this measure. I mean, does anyone think Wisconsin is the most selective engineering school out there? Then there's the "total graduate enrollment." Not sure why diploma mills should get credit for enrolling a bazillion students, but they do. Here are somethings I would like to see added the rankings: (1) Percent of Graduate Students on Appointments (RA/TA/Fellow) (2) Median Stipend (adjust for CoL) (3) Some citation measure. Median h-index for the school? Or is this something that would be better if used to gauge individual departments since some fields are easier to generate citations in than others?
  8. Where do you guys rank the top 20 PhD program for MCB, and where do WUSTL, UWM, and Emory fall among them? Not an official ranking (because there isn't one), but cite reasons - be it NIH funding, NSF funding, quality of program, students, faculty, nobel laureates, citations, whatever the reason, as long as there are reasons - would like to see a gradcafe compiled unofficial ranking of these programs, if possible. IMO I think momentum is fair to include - declining, on a rise, steady, etc.
  9. There's no substitute for having a in depth knowledge about the star faculty in your area of interest. However, if you're interested in some broader measures for graduate programs you are interested in, take a look at the following sources. 1) The NSF publishes survey each year detailing how much money is spent at various universities and what departments (NSF HERD). (Engineering breakdown). 2) ASEE is has a lot of in depth information about funding by department, stipends, and admissions statistics.
  10. Does anyone know if there are alternative sources for the US News & World Report Engineering Grad School rankings? For instance, for Computer Engineering, any way to see more than just the "top 10"?
  11. Hi, I'm interested to know why I see so few posts about Hopkins on the grad cafe? I want to apply there next year but it seems odd they have such a small presence here. Many signatures and posts for biomedical PhDs include the other big names (Stanford, Harvard, Yale, WUSTL, UW, Michigan Ann Arbor, UPenn, Rockefeller, MIT, UCSF etc.) but Hopkins seems sparsely represented. This is feeding my paranoia from the "rankings" available online: The "rankings" are also confusing, especially when trying to compare between NRC and US News which is to be expected. However, the differences are sometime staggering. Am I missing something relevant for my application decisions? Where do you think true "rank" lies? US News says top 10 (even top 5) across the board but NRC says "mid-tier" mostly (seems wrong to me though). I've already spoken with many people and done research on these ranking schemes so I understand variability and subjectivity are inherent to the process. What worries me is that the NRC weighs the program more than US News, which focuses only on outputs/stats/publications etc. Could it be that Hopkins is Top 5 overall quality of research but mid-tier in terms of programs/student life etc? Thanks for your advice! US News 2016 Immunology/Infectious Disease = #1 Cell Biology = #3 Molecular Biology = #3 NRC Immunology = 25-68 of 78 Microbiology/Immunology = 22-62 of 78 Cell Biology = 10-57 of 122 *Their Cellular and Molecular Medicine program is 2-17 or 122 however* Molecular Biology = 36-108 of 157 or 7-33 of 65 depending upon program
  12. Hi everyone! I just received my acceptance letter for the PhD program in Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology. This is my top choice for grad school since I really like their Evolutionary Biology Faculty and have a supervisor I want to work with. I have done my research and know that GATech is a very good school but I would love to hear from more people about what they know and advise as well. If you could give me more information about the school and its Biology grad program that would be wonderful. I am still waiting to hear back from California Davis, University of Edinburgh and University of Toronto as well. Thank you!
  13. US News has released updated rankings for graduate schools...out of curiosity, does anyone have access to the 'US News Engineering School Compass?' There has been some shuffling of Environmental Engineering programs among the top 10 but I'm curious to see rankings for the top 20 or so environmental programs for the new year. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/environmental-engineering-rankings
  14. I have been accepted in a number of programs for MPH for fall 2012 and i'm having a tough time deciding between programs. Is there a clear front runner for health policy amongst these programs?-- Columbia mph- health management and policy, BU mph, GW mph, or UNC- mph leadership program ? Also do the rankings of these programs really make a difference? I'm currently in state for UNC which makes it a good price, but what does their number 2 ranking really mean? thanks.
  15. The 2013 USNWR rankings are avaliable here : http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools It looks like the new rankings are in the areas of Business, Law, Medicine, Engineering, and Education (only). Of course, there is a lot more to consider than rankings, but it is still interesting nonetheless!
  16. Thought you all might be interested in the newest rankings according to U.S news for Social Work programs. Happy that my program got bumped to tie at #1 with WUSTL!!! http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
  17. Here's a bit of outdated ranking (2007) of terminal Master's programs in IR. It's based on surveys of American scholars. Just wanted to give you guys something to refer to as you make your decisions. 1 Georgetown University 2 Johns Hopkins University 3 Harvard University 4 Tufts University 5 Columbia University 6 Princeton University 7 George Washington University 8 American University 9 University of Denver 10 Syracuse University 11 University of California, San Diego 12 University of Chicago 12 Yale University 14 Stanford University 15 University of Pittsburgh 16 University of California, Berkeley 16 University of Maryland 18 MIT 18 Monterey Institute 20 University of Southern California 21 University of Michigan 22 Duke University 22 London School of Economics 22 New York University 22 Texas A&M University 22 University of Kentucky 22 University of Virginia Don't take these too seriously though. As always, rankings can never be objective. To anyone wanting to know more, here's a link to the study: http://web.wm.edu/ir...-07.pdf?svr=www Good luck on your decisions!
  18. I am compiling a spreadsheet with the intended purpose of assisting those who are applying to PhD programs in statistics and/or biostatistics. At the moment, I am working on listing the specialties of each program. This can be as general as Theoretical vs. Applied or something more specific such as Longitudinal Data Analysis. I am going to do my own research on which schools have which specialties, but I would like to hear from this forum as well. Of course, when the spreadsheet is completed, I would be more than happy to share it with the forum. Here are the schools I am interested in: Statistics Stanford Berkeley Harvard University of Chicago University of Washington Carnegie Mellon Duke NC State Texas A&M University of Pennsylvania University of Wisconsin University of Michigan University of Minnesota Iowa State University Pennsylvania State Columbia University Cornell Purdue UNC Ohio State UCLA University of Florida UC Davis University of Illinois - Urbana University of Iowa Biostatistics Harvard University of Washington Johns Hopkins UNC University of Michigan Berkeley University of Minnesota University of Wisconsin UCLA Columbia University Thanks. Any help is appreciated.
  19. Howdy, Somewhat unusual question but I am sure someone on here knows something or can point me in the right direction at least. To be clear, I am looking for fact and some conjecture. Israeli universities: Firstly, how do they compare to UK/US universities at a grad level? are they en-par or slightly below? In quality, rankings, reception in the rest of the world etc. ? Secondly (and this is a a far more specific question), does anybody know anything about this school?: http://www.ict.org.il/ It is affiliated to an interdisciplinary school that I cant seem to find much on: http://portal.idc.ac.il/en/main/homepage/Pages/homepage.aspx I'm interested in the areas of counter-terrorism and was interested in killing two birds with one stone, doing an MA and improving my arabic, which I could potentially do it at the above school. I figured that few countries have the experience that Israel does when it comes to this field, teach in English, have case studies on their doorstep and have sizable arabic communities that I could practice/learn from. However, I am afraid of both being scammed financially and with an education, so little seems to be readily available on the internet. Any advice, relevant hearsay or sharing of experience of this or (other Israeli institutions) would be much appreciated. Thanks
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