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Top Physics Grad Program Rankings- according to students

  1. Apr 14, 2014 #1
    I came across these rankings for Top Physics Schools according to student reviews. Interesting!

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    1 University of California-Santa Barbara 9.467
    2 Brandeis University 9.133
    3 University of Pennsylvania 9.100
    4 Syracuse University 9.056
    5 University of California-Los Angeles 9.050
    6 Yale University 8.917
    7 Cornell University 8.733
    8 University of California, Davis 8.683
    9 Columbia University, NY 8.667
    10 Carnegie Mellon University 8.610
    11 The University of Chicago 8.570
    12 Boston University 8.422
    13 Vanderbilt University 8.400
    14 University of California-Berkeley 8.155
    15 University of Virginia 8.133
    16 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 8.000
    17 Baylor University 7.978
    18 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) 7.767
    19 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 7.733
    20 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 7.727
    21 Washington University in St. Louis 7.700
    22 University of Kansas 7.600
    23 Stony Brook University, SUNY 7.578
    24 Purdue University-West Lafayette 7.567
    25 University of Arizona 7.533
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  3. Apr 14, 2014 #2
    Kinda useful I guess, but I don't really understand why anybody should care.
  4. Apr 14, 2014 #3
    Because the ranking is based on the level of happiness of the students in the program not the stats of the students before they step foot on campus. How happy you will be at a place is a useful consideration
  5. Apr 15, 2014 #4
    Good to see I'm headed to one of the good ones. :)
  6. Apr 15, 2014 #5
    I think a better way to find out about this is to talk to their grad students during the visit behind closed doors. That's when the honesty really kicks in, IME (after visiting 3 schools).

    The rankings seem heavily biased in favor of very large physics departments, are the number of students responding to these queries taken into account? Where are the smaller departments? The ones I visited were mostly very happy with their experience, the only "bad" things I heard were due to personal reasons and not the school/faculty's shortcomings.
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  8. Apr 17, 2014 #7
    They're too focused to respond to an indirectly solicited survey. ;)
  9. Apr 17, 2014 #8


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    I think there are certain places that are best for a certain type of personality. MIT might be an example, and I heard Harvard is too among others. If you are very independent, self motivated, and assertive you will do very well. However if you need more guidance these are probably not the best places which is why some of the students feel isolated or unhappy.
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