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1.4 Good undergraduate school ≠ Good graduate school

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If you have experienced linguistics at a big name school (e.g. Harvard), you no doubt discovered that every department in a prestigious school is not necessarily the top department in that particular field. Likewise, some departments in lesser-known schools are sometimes the best in their field. For example, most of the top graduate programs in linguistics are at relatively top schools, some may surprise you — UC Santa Cruz, for example. When you’re looking for graduate programs, you need to essentially forget everything you know about school rankings; in the world of linguistics, Penn is better than Yale. Unlike undergraduate program rankings, which remain relatively static, graduate programs can rise and fall in quality and prestige in a matter of years. This means that you must find the most up-to-date information on these programs, and also that you should consider the future direction of the department when making a decision. If most of the faculty are retiring in the next few years, the research interests and prestige of a department might shift dramatically. Reading this Handbook is a big help!


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January 7, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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