Cute schoolrank tool applied to Astro departments likes Big Bounce :-D

In summary, the conversation discussed the rankings of astronomy and astrophysics departments in the US, with a sample list provided from a tool on graduate-school.phds.org. The rankings can vary depending on the user's priorities and settings. The conversation also mentioned the success of Penn State's astronomy department and its connection to the research on loop quantum cosmology. Additionally, there was a brief discussion on the difficulty of the GRE and the high scores required for math and physics programs.
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There are hundreds of options with this tool, so this is just an offthewall sample of what you can get:

http://graduate-school.phds.org/rankings/astronomy/rank/_M_M____________________________________________________________U

I'm not advising anyone to seriously use this, or believe in it, but just as something to try for fun. Different "priorities" settings will get you different rankings. Do you like large departments with a lot of students, or small departments with just a few students? And so on.

I set "priorities" more or less randomly with my eyes shut (general "quality" and "research productivity") and got this:

1-4 California Institute of Technology Astrophysics 1-7 1-4
1-4 Princeton University Astrophysical Science 1-10 1-3
1-5 University of California-Berkeley Astrophysics 1-6 2-9
3-12 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Astrophysics and Astronomy and Planetary Science 1-8 6-22
3-13 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Astronomy and Astrophysics 6-23 2-9
4-13 University of Chicago Astronomy and Astrophysics 6-23 2-9
4-16 Harvard University Astronomy 3-15 7-23
3-18 Johns Hopkins University Astronomy and Astrophysics 2-22 6-20
5-20 University of Arizona Astronomy 5-22 5-21
5-18 University of California-Santa Cruz Astronomy and Astrophysics 8-26 4-14
5-17 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Astronomy 8-24 4-13
8-23 Ohio State University-Main Campus Astronomy 9-28 6-21
7-26 Columbia University in the City of New York Astronomy 10-28 6-23
7-25 Cornell University Astronomy and Space Sciences 6-23 10-31
6-28 The University of Texas at Austin Astronomy 1-28 14-32
8-26 University of Colorado at Boulder Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences


WHOA! Look at where Penn State is! Abhay Ashtekar is the Loop Quantum Cosmology kingpin in the USA. Go Abhay! Go PSU! Yay non-singular "bounce" cosmology!
 
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800 on quantitative section of GRE is essentially a necessity, huh (for math and physics)

i think that if that many people are getting 800's, they should make the test harder :biggrin:
 
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I don't understand this thread: you ranked the astronomy and astrophysics departments in the US and are happy that Penn State comes out fifth, and then attribute it to the loop quantum cosmology research? You realize that the lqc research is not in the astronomy department, right?
 

Related to Cute schoolrank tool applied to Astro departments likes Big Bounce :-D

1. What is the Cute schoolrank tool?

The Cute schoolrank tool is a ranking system that evaluates and compares different departments or programs based on various criteria, such as research output, faculty qualifications, and student satisfaction.

2. How is the Cute schoolrank tool applied to Astro departments?

The Cute schoolrank tool applies the same ranking system to Astro departments, but specifically evaluates them based on their performance in the field of astrophysics or astronomy. This includes factors like research publications in astrophysics journals, funding for astrophysics projects, and recognition from the scientific community.

3. What is the significance of the Big Bounce in relation to Astro departments?

The Big Bounce is a theoretical concept in cosmology that suggests the universe goes through cycles of expansion and contraction, instead of a single Big Bang event. It is relevant to Astro departments because it is a major area of study in astrophysics, and understanding the concept could potentially lead to a better understanding of the origins and fate of the universe.

4. How accurate is the Cute schoolrank tool in evaluating Astro departments?

The accuracy of the Cute schoolrank tool depends on the reliability and validity of the data used in the ranking system. It is important to note that rankings are not the only factor to consider when choosing a school or program. It is always advisable to research and consider other factors, such as faculty expertise and research opportunities, in addition to rankings.

5. Can the Cute schoolrank tool be used to compare Astro departments globally?

Yes, the Cute schoolrank tool can be used to compare Astro departments globally. However, it is important to consider the limitations of the ranking system, as different countries may have different criteria for evaluating departments and different levels of data availability. It is also important to keep in mind that rankings should not be the sole factor in decision-making, and other aspects such as program offerings and faculty qualifications should also be considered.

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