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3/10/07 5:26 PM
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Gortiz
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Edited: 10-Mar-07
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Anyone know anyone good forums or sites that give ratings or inside info on universities. I mean rating specific programs or schools at that university (or college). Also, inside stuff like crime rates, what the gym is like, computer lab access, campus environment, etc. Ex. While Rutgers University does have distinguished faculty and multiple gyms to train in, I've heard (unofficially, but from a good source) that there were a LOT of sexual assaults in a commonly used parking tower that were not public knowledge.
3/10/07 9:48 PM
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Edited: 10-Mar-07
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If you're concerned about crime maybe you shouldn't be looking at schools in New Jersey? In terms of rankings and other info try these: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/ http://www.usnews.com/sections/rankings http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2006/ARWU2006TOP500list.htm Check and see if they have livejournal page. That's probably one of the best places to hear from current students about any fucked up stuff going on.
3/11/07 2:56 PM
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Edited: 11-Mar-07 03:00 PM
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Thanks, FiatLux. LOL@ If you're concerned about crime maybe you shouldn't be looking at schools in New Jersey? I live in NJ- it's not all bad...
3/13/07 10:28 PM
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those rankings are highly suspect. i would be cautious in putting too much stock into them (especially in regards to departmental rankings). you can get some good general info from those sites, but i wouldn't expect much more. i remember a story several years ago where princeton law was rated as the 8th best law school. the problem is that they don't even have a law school! there is incredible inertia in the rankings as well.
4/1/07 4:54 PM
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If you know what major you want, look at the grad school ratings. You may find a great department in a school that does not necessarily have a great overall rating. For example, UMass Amherst and Lowell have great polymer science departments. You would never know that by looking at overall rankings.

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