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Bowdoin College VS Tufts University

xylem888xylem888 Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
edited March 2010 in Bowdoin College
If you had to choose one to be the better college, which would you choose? Why?

Which is more prestigious (I know some of you will attack me for asking that)? If liberal arts schools were somehow incorporated into the US World and News Top Universities list, which would be placed higher?

More grads from Bowdoin get into top schools (http://wsjclassroom.com/pdfs/wsj_college_092503.pdf). Does this demonstrate which school is superior?

Which graduates get the better jobs? Which graduates make more money? Which has the nicer campus?

Also, which has the better students (based off of statistics)?
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Replies to: Bowdoin College VS Tufts University

  • Bee123Bee123 Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    I don't think its that easy to label schools as "better" or "worse." School A, for instance, may have an excellent biology program but a less strong women's studies program. School B may have a strong history department, but a weaker science department. Each school has its own strengths. Some schools may be, as a whole, stronger in all departments than is another school.

    In terms of Bowdoin and Tufts, both are excellent, excellent schools and I do not believe one can be labeled as "better" than another.

    I do notice that graduate schools often like students who come from smaller undergraduate programs. Maybe this is due to the fact that they believe those students were able to benefit/learn more as a result of smaller class sizes. Or maybe, graduate schools are taking the same number of students from schools, regardless of size, but that 3 kids at Tufts (a bigger school) is proportionally less than 3 kids at Bowdoin (a smaller school).

    Hope this helped...
  • hpgirl2010hpgirl2010 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    if you look for lists online that combine liberal arts and unviersites youll find that bowdoin ranks above tufts - but they're both pretty much the same in terms of prestige, etc
  • PolarbearingPolarbearing Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    First of all, if you are picking a school purely based on prestige, you will fit in better at Amherst than you will at Bowdoin. That said:

    You will notice there is no Tufts street:
    stanford university bowdoin street - Google Maps

    Berkeley's law school at one point considered the two schools to be very similar: Reaching the Ivory Tower: College ... - Google Books

    The salary question can be a difficult one, because there are so many variables, as well as issues with sample size, but at least one Web site has tried: Top US Colleges ? Graduate Salary Statistics

    Which has better students?
    Admissions (Bowdoin, )
    Profile of the Class of 2013 - Office of Undergraduate Admissions - Tufts University

    I can't find data on Tufts, but here is some info for Bowdoin:
    Alumni/ae (Bowdoin, ) (Scroll down to the bottom)

    Which has a nicer campus? You are going to have to decide that for yourself.
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