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Most prestigious undergraduate degree

johnnyqjohnnyq Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
Which of these do you believe to be the most prestigious undergrad degree and why?

1. Harvard- Political Science
2. Yale- History
3. Johns Hopkins- Neuroscience
4. Chicago- Economics
5. Penn- Finance
6. MIT- Electrical Engineering
7. Stanford- Physics
8. Princeton- Literature

Personally I would have to go with Princeton literature. Princeton has one of the world's best alumnae system and literature teacher's include Joyce Carol Oates and Toni Morrison.
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Replies to: Most prestigious undergraduate degree

  • SAT=MyKryptoniteSAT=MyKryptonite Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    penn finance
  • habdragon08habdragon08 - Posts: 569 Member
    neuroscience or finance
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,523 Senior Member
    (1) MIT-electrical engineering (math and workload are killers)
    (2) Stanford-physics
    (3) Johns Hopkins-neuroscience

    If the science/math grads were relocated into poly sci, history, econ, finance, or lit, I think they would find them easier. Am I a science chauvinist? If the ranking were "interesting" or "enjoyable" rather than "prestigious", I would say history and lit.
  • ForeverZeroForeverZero Registered User Posts: 804 Member
    It depends on how you define prestige. In terms of usefulness, the most prestigious degree depends on what field you want to go into. Poli sci at Harvard is arguably the best path to becoming a lawyer, finance at Wharton is arguably the best for business, etc. All of these are respectable programs at top-notch universities. It all depends on what type of career you're looking into. If you define prestige in terms of how rigorous it is to get the degree, probably EECS from MIT, which is notoriously difficult.
  • themegastudthemegastud Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    I would add Berkeley EECS.
  • im_blueim_blue Registered User Posts: 2,142 Senior Member
    1. MIT EE
    2. Stanford Physics
    3. Johns Hopkins Neuroscience
    4. Penn Finance
    5. Chicago Economics
    6. Harvard Political Science
    7. Yale History / Princeton Literature
  • DRabDRab Registered User Posts: 6,104 Senior Member
    I'm don't have much knowledge of Latin, but isn't it correct to say that "alumni" is the plural form of "alumnus" and indicates both male and female forms? This doesn't really matter if you are referring to solely the female graduates of Princeton, but I would imagine you are referring to both.
  • themegastudthemegastud Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    DRab, you're right.
  • rtkysgrtkysg Registered User Posts: 598 Member
    I would add Caltech-physics together with MIT-EE
  • K1ngMeK1ngMe Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    isnt princeton famous for their physics?
  • entropicgirlentropicgirl Registered User Posts: 450 Member
    Physics is clearly just the best undergraduate degree -- everyone on here keeps talking about it! :)

    Anyway, I'd put Stanford physics at the top of my totally subjective prestige chart, just 'cause that's what I'm doing. Princeton is indeed famous for physics (or so said my freshman-year world civ teacher when I turned it down... gee thanks...). But seriously, there's no difference. It just depends what crowd you're talking to...
  • haithmanhaithman Registered User Posts: 729 Member
    Princeton - Operations Research and FINANCIAL ENGINEERING! (im clearly biased) :)
  • kfc4ukfc4u Registered User Posts: 3,415 Senior Member
    i'm curious to know, what's the most prestigious undergraduate degree for the following schools:

    UC Berkeley
  • DRabDRab Registered User Posts: 6,104 Senior Member
    Does that mean "what looks most impressive when you major in it?"

    USC Film trumps the others, because about 1% of the applicants are taken. This is assuming we are only talking about undergrad.

    Most of the things being discussed are so nearly equally "prestigious" that it's funny.
  • rtkysgrtkysg Registered User Posts: 598 Member
    For Berkeley, EECS dept for sure, perhaps together with Chemistry
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