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Swarthmore vs Colby vs Carleton vs Grinnell

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Replies to: Swarthmore vs Colby vs Carleton vs Grinnell

  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys Registered User Posts: 3,956 Senior Member
    Carleton and Colby are closer in size, just around 2000 students, while Grinnell and Swat are both around 1600-1650. Those differences in sizes can affect the raw number of majors. I don't have any specific information about those specific programs, but the OP could read through the department course listings and faculty at each school to get a feel for differences, plus you can usually locate current year offerings to see the difference between all courses ever offered and the number/range of courses offered in each department each semester.

    Bottom line, all are fabulous schools.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited November 2017
    Carleton and Colby are closer in size, just around 2000 students, while Grinnell and Swat are both around 1600-1650. Those differences in sizes can affect the raw number of majors.
    Another factor that affects the reported number of majors, at least in College Navigator, is double-majoring. Double majors are common at many LACs (sometimes 30-40% of students), but apparently College Navigator is set up to handle only one major per student.

    I've heard that College Navigator only counts the first major, as listed in alphabetical order. If this is true, then physics majors may be undercounted at many LACs, because students with double-majors like math/physics or econ/physics would not be included.
  • tk21769tk21769 Registered User Posts: 10,605 Senior Member
    The schools below appear to be the top 10 baccalaureate colleges (LACs) by alumni-earned PhDs in earth sciences for the decade 2006-15:
    No. of Doctorates ... School
    65 … Carleton College
    27 … Oberlin College
    25 … Colorado College
    24 … Colgate University
    23 … Whitman College
    21 … Williams College
    20 … Macalester College
    18 … Pomona College
    17 … Amherst College
    16 … Franklin & Marshall College
    Source: NSF/WebCASPAR
    FWIW, each of these schools happens to be a Keck Consortium member, except Williams (which apparently no longer participates but was one of the founding members).

    The schools below appear to be the top LACs by alumni-earned PhDs in physics for the decade 2006-15:
    No. of Doctorates ... School
    68 … Harvey Mudd College
    42 … Swarthmore College
    39 … Reed College
    35 … Williams College
    33 … Carleton College
    23 … Gustavus Adolphus College
    23 … Lawrence University
    19 … Grinnell College
    18 … Amherst College
    18 … University of Puget Sound
    18 … Vassar College
    Source: NSF/WebCASPAR

    Amherst, Carleton, and Williams appear on both lists.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    FWIW, each of these schools happens to be a Keck Consortium member, except Williams (which apparently no longer participates but was one of the founding members).
    Williams is shown as a member on archived Keck Consortium web pages as recently as July 2017. So if they have pulled out, it may have happened quite recently.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170716062720/http://www.keckgeology.org/
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