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I was set on San Jose till recently I was looking at other schools. A lot of schools have more requirements compared to San Jose Master of library science program. Which doesn't require a GRE test score, letters of recommendations and or a statement of purpose; because of this does this make San Jose not as a good program compared to others?



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I personally take the USNWR rankings with more than a grain of salt. Their methodology essentially amounts to a popularity contest amongst senior faculty.


From their website: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2013/03/11/methodology-best-library-and-information-studies-rankings

"The rankings are based solely on the results of a fall 2012 survey sent to the dean of each program, the program director, and a senior faculty member in each program."


I'd suggest searching Hack Library School for personal opinions from students: http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/

You can also review the ALA's Job Placement Stats: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/10/placements-and-salaries/2012-survey/explore-all-the-data/


Finally, I'd recommend reaching out to current students on Twitter. If you DM someone asking for their advice & provide them with an email address, you'll probably receive a  candid response back filled with advice & opinions on their program. I reached out to students at all 3 of the programs I applied to, & received helpful advice from them all.


Hope this help!

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