« on: December 09, 2007, 03:20:40 PM »
I'm talking UG specifically.A debate was raging yesterday with some other people and myself over this question. Yes, this is an incredibly insecure question. But I am interested to see the perception of UW Madison outside of the "Madison bubble." I understand it has a pretty good reputation out east, relatively speaking. So what is it to you? Prominent, revered institution of higher learning or obscure, midwestern state school.
are we talking about college or law school?
i think that UW UG is regarded as being a pretty good school as far as public universities go. not quite at the berkeley/michigan/UVA level though. berkeley would probably be worth the transfer in my opinion.
Really? Berkeley, Michigan, and UVA are that much better?
How does one explain this then? Here are the UNDERGRADUATE rankings for best politcal science programs, which is my major. From gourman's report, which is the definitive ranking for undergrad programs.
UNC Chapel Hill
Not to mention UW has top ten program in such prominent UG fields as Computer Science, History, Economics, Chemistry, and literally dozens of others.
What about Madison's median ACT being the same as Berkeley or Michigan in 2006?
How about the fact that it was ranked the 16th best university in the WORLD by a prominent Chinese University, a full five spots ahead of UMich?
(Link to last claim: http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2006/ARWU2006_Top100.htm)
Or how about the fact that UW is a mere 4 spots away from Michigan in public university rankings?
I went to Madison for undergrad, and I think it's probably somewhere between 5-8 in public rankings. It doesn't compare with Berkeley, Michigan, Virginia, and William and Mary, but it's certainly not a step down to any other public. I'd say its peer group is UNC, Illinois, Georgia, and UCLA.
Now regarding this Political Science thing, we certainly have one of the best Grad Programs in Political Science in the entire country, and I also have no doubt that Undergraduate Political Science Majors from UW go on to do great things, but that program is a joke. I double majored in history and poli sci, and only ended up tacking on the poli sci major because the requirements are so pathetic. No research is required, no seminar, no specialization. Even the upper level classes are 100 kids at the minimum unless you're taking something obscure like African International Relations. The teachers and TAs generally don't care, and A's are not very difficult; B+'s are easier to get than anything.