veracious_star Posted February 24, 2011 Share Posted February 24, 2011 Hi everyone, Congratulations to everyone who got in this year!!! In all this excitement, it is hard to make a rational decision as to what program to choose. I was wondering how other people are making the choice between smaller programs which allow for more time with faculty, lower dropout rates, and better placement results versus larger programs at bigger name schools which have more resources, more competition, and more opportunities for conferences. My feeling is smaller schools would be great if you have a good relationship with all the professors, but if by chance you don't get along with your advisor or they try to micromanage you -- it seems like it would quickly become hell. On the other hand, bigger schools there would be less attention and more chances of getting completely lost in the process, but you would also have more freedom in your research and more opportunties to do multidisciplinary work. Here is a link to the NRC placement article on how smaller schools have better placement: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/08/21/ranking .They also have a better score for student well-being. Also, I'm wondering how important it is having a well-known advisor within the subfield(he/she may not care about you, but would know the other major players in the field)? Do most political scientists do post-doc work, so school rankings rarely matter anyway? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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