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So I've applied to a brand new Cognitive Science PhD program at the University of Minnesota (Just started in the 2010-2011 academic year). If accepted, is it risky to attend a program that is so new? They seem to have adequate resources and the participating departments are highly ranked (their cognitive psychology is in the top 10, computer science department in the top 50, philosophy in the top 50). From what I can gather, it looks like a solid program. I am just in the dark as to how start up programs work. Any knowledge in this regard?

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So I've applied to a brand new Cognitive Science PhD program at the University of Minnesota (Just started in the 2010-2011 academic year). If accepted, is it risky to attend a program that is so new? They seem to have adequate resources and the participating departments are highly ranked (their cognitive psychology is in the top 10, computer science department in the top 50, philosophy in the top 50). From what I can gather, it looks like a solid program. I am just in the dark as to how start up programs work. Any knowledge in this regard?

I'm wondering the same thing for one of my programs (Mississippi State Cognitive Science). From what I've gathered, the most important thing is the faculty member and what sorts of skills you obtain. If Minnesota's cog science program is comprised of all the other good programs, you should be fine.

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It hinges on the quality of the faculty, and the quality of the work you do while you are there. In many ways, it's an awesome chance, because you will be setting the bar for the program as regards what they can produce as graduates...but it's an awesome responsibility for the same reason!! Good luck to you!

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