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help - math major

mcstdntmcstdnt Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
edited September 2007 in College Search & Selection
Which New England lac's (and ivies) are best for someone looking to major in math but who wants a smaller liberal arts atmosphere? I'd love it if someone could also give a reach/ match/ safety rank.

I'm ranked 1/70, great transcript, 2190 SAT (might retake) AP 5's in bio, comp sci ab, us hist, euro hist, lang/comp, govt, taking AP calc bc, physics, stats, and english this year. Good extracurriculars, will have great recommendations.
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  • apathyapathy Registered User Posts: 590 Member
    Princeton is THE one for math in the northeast.

    When I visited Williams they made some comment about how they have the greatest percentage of math majors out of LACs, or greatest percent who get PhDs, or something like that. I can't imagine Williams wouldn't have a great math department in any case though.

    Most New England top LACs and Ivies should serve your math needs fine/about equally though. None of the top ones vary THAT much in particular departments.

    To be honest, if you want a LAC that is fantastic for someone who wants to major in math, go to Harvey Mudd. I can't think of another LAC so focused on math and science. It's part of the Claremont Consortium in California.

    Other LACs that were quoted as strong in mathematics are Carleton College in Minnesota and Davidson College in Georgia. (Fiske's Guide) Neither of which are in the northeast either.
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    LACs for math from Rugg's:
    Bates
    Bowdoin
    Bucknell
    Carleton
    Colgate
    Dartmouth
    Davidson
    Dickinson
    Harvey Mudd
    Holy Cross
    Kenyon
    Mount Holyoke
    Occidental
    Pomona
    Rice
    St Mary's (MD)
    St Olaf
    Trinity (CT)
    Union
    Wabash
    Wellesley
    Wheaton
    Whitman
    Willamette
  • you'llsee...you'llsee... Registered User Posts: 4,535 Senior Member
    Math Major = Princeton


    plain and simple

    MIT is also really good for math....i would imagine
  • SarahsDadSarahsDad Registered User Posts: 380 Member
    Undergraduate origin of PhDs in Mathematics 1986-1995 (LACs)
    http://server1.fandm.edu/departments/CollegeRelations/BacOrigins/BacOrg98.pdf

    Rank Institution No.
    1 St. Olaf Coll (MN) 41
    2 Reed Coll (OR) 33
    3 Oberlin Coll (OH) 21
    4 Pomona Coll (CA) 17
    5 Carleton Coll (MN) 14
    6 Bryn Mawr Coll (PA) 13
    6 Bucknell U (PA) 13
    6 Grinnell Coll (IA) 13
    9 Williams Coll (MA) 11
    10 Swarthmore Coll (PA) 10

    Undergraduate origin of PhDs in Mathematics 1986-1995 (Universities)

    Rank Institution No.
    1 Harvard U (MA) 89
    2 Massachusetts Inst of Tech (MA) 79
    3 U of Chicago (IL) 62
    4 California Inst of Tech (CA) 57
    4 Princeton U (NJ) 57
    6 Rice U (TX) 44
    7 Yale U (CT) 41
    8 Cornell U (NY) 34
    9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst (NY) 32
    10 Stanford U (CA) 30

    Criticisms of this ranking - outdated, favors quantity over quality (ie a state school Math PhD counts as much as a Harvard Math PhD), doesn't correct for school size.
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