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Best undergraduate economics program

danceluvur26danceluvur26 Posts: 340Registered User Member
edited April 2013 in Business Major
Hey everybody, I was wondering what you think are the top ten schools w/undergrad economic programs. I posted a thread in the Yale forum asking if that had a good undergrad econ program, and most ppl said that it was good but beneath UChicago, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and UPenn. If you have any thoughts, just post them down here. Thank you!
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  • jpps1jpps1 Posts: 1,993. Senior Member
    Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Chicago, Princeton
    Penn, Yale, Northwestern, Columbia, Brown

    I'm probably forgetting someone here. Alexandre is much more knowledgeable.
  • quagmire123quagmire123 Posts: 271Registered User Junior Member
    I'm not that knowledgeable, but if you're looking for undergrad economics then I know Claremont McKenna College is excellent. There's also UC Berkeley (if you're in state).
  • danceluvur26danceluvur26 Posts: 340Registered User Member
    thanx every1, any1 else have any comments on the subject?
  • redhare317redhare317 Posts: 1,449Registered User Senior Member
    By nature, top liberal arts programs generally have top econ programs. So you can get them at ivies, top LAC's, UChicago, etc.
  • danceluvur26danceluvur26 Posts: 340Registered User Member
    thanx redhare
  • danceluvur26danceluvur26 Posts: 340Registered User Member
    any1 else? I no that u guys haffta no SOMETHING!!!
  • KjoodlesKjoodles Posts: 1,510Registered User Senior Member
    UChicago, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Upenn, Northwestern, UCB, CMU

    But then, who really knows what is the best? You'd stereotype MIT and CMU to be better Quantitative people than something from UChicago and Columbia.
  • axman319axman319 Posts: 196Registered User Junior Member
    where does dartmouth rank in all of this?
  • danceluvur26danceluvur26 Posts: 340Registered User Member
    from what ive seen dartmouth isnt really in the top ten undergrad econ schools...
  • axman319axman319 Posts: 196Registered User Junior Member
    hmf. i'm not saying that you are wrong, but in general that doesnt make sense to me. How could a school have the #1 ranked grad business school (Tuck) and not have a very strong econ program? totally baffles me
  • danceluvur26danceluvur26 Posts: 340Registered User Member
    i no that was what i was thinking too... who knows?
  • jpps1jpps1 Posts: 1,993. Senior Member
    Business and economics are related about the same as math and physics. In other words, they borrow from and build on each other, but they are clearly separate fields. So it's not really much of a curiosity.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,682Super Moderator Senior Member
    Most schools that have good Business programs have solid Econ departments. But it does not hold true the other way around.

    At any rate, if I had to "group" Econ programs, I would go with 5 groups. Even schools in the fifth group have awesome Econ programs mind you.

    GROUP I:
    Harvard University
    Masachusetts Institute of Technology
    Princeton University
    Stanford University
    University of Chicago

    GROUP II:
    Northwestern University
    University of California-Berkeley
    University of Pennsylvania
    Yale University

    GROUP III:
    Columbia University
    University of California-Los Angeles
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    GROUP IV:
    Brown University
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Cornell University
    Duke University
    Johns Hopkins University
    New York University
    University of Rochester
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    GROUP V:
    Boston University
    University of California-San Diego
    University of Maryland-College Park
    University of Minnesota
    University of Texas-Austin

    Although not listed above, many LACs also have excellent Econ departments. Chief among them are:
    Amherst College
    Carleton College
    Claremont McKenna College
    Colby College
    Dartmouth College (not quite a LAC, but it does not offer graduate degrees in Econ either)
    Denison University
    Hamilton College
    Haverford College
    Macalester College
    Middlebury College
    Oberlin College
    Pomona College
    Reed College
    Swarthmore College
    Vassar College
    Wesleyan University
    Williams College
  • the_ALlianz85the_ALlianz85 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    How does UCI rank?
  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,682Super Moderator Senior Member
    UCI has an excellent Econ program, more like a LAC than a research program.
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