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Top 100 World Universities 2013-14 (THE Rankings)

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  • tk21769tk21769 10658 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    UCLA has absolutely no renowned majors.

    In the NRC-95 rankings, UCLA was:
    #3 in linguistics
    #4 in psychology
    #5 in philosophy
    #5 in sociology
    #6 in history
    #8 in political science

    In the current QS World University rankings, UCLA is:
    #3 in linguistics
    #6 in sociology
    #7 in psychology
    #8 in history
    #10 in mathematics
    #12 in english language & lit
    #16 in politics and international studies
    #17 in philosophy

    In the current USNWR department rankings, UCLA is:
    #2 in psychology
    #8 in mathematics (#2 in logic, #2 in applied math, #3 in analysis)
    #9 in history
    #9 in sociology
    #10 in political science
    #10 in english

    Then there's film, in which Hollywood Reporter pegged them at #4.
    I don't know what is the threshold for "renowned", but I would think top 10 or so ought to qualify.
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  • Bparker253Bparker253 82 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Shut down ^^^
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  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad 10221 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I said "renowned" not merely good. When you think of UCLA what majors is it known for? It's mostly known as the more fun sports UC. The Southern Branch.

    Even lower UCs are known for their academic majors. UCSD = Bioengineering; UC Davis = Veterinary sciences, agricultural; UCSB = physics and creative studies. UCLA = ???? Film?
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  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad 10221 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Bephy, there is another conclusion which you don't want to accept...Cal has a medical campus called UCSF. Read the history.
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  • beyphybeyphy 2195 replies42 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Even lower UCs are known for their academic majors. UCSD = Bioengineering; UC Davis = Veterinary sciences, agricultural; UCSB = physics and creative studies. UCLA = ???? Film?

    UCLA has a strong and robust alumni network in film. In terms of representation, it's probably second only to USC.

    I don't think people come to UCLA for a particular major, and that's probably a good thing. They come for a well rounded college experience, with great opportunities, and top academics in several fields. I actually did come for a major (UCLA was a very important institution in the history of analytic philosophy due to its relationship with Rudolph Carnap.) However, I can't say that i knew many others that did.

    But yes, many of UCLA's alums are pre-professional, which is why is also why it's not known for drawing students from a particular major. The university has the largest undergraduate representation in the California bar, is generally one of the top 2 ABA feeders (in terms of applicants,) and one of the top 2 med school feeders (in terms of applicants.)

    Talking with the students, you'd find out that many liberal arts majors are pre-law/pre-graduate school; science majors are either pre-med or some other health science related profession (pre-dent/pre-nurse); Comp. sci and engineering students will likely look for work in their major fields afterwards; Biz-econ students go into business (perhaps later getting an MBA); communications students go into marketing/PR, etc.

    But even if UCLA isn't particularly well known for a major, its students still do well even in fields the university may not be 'renown' for.

    UCLA math students place third in prestigious North American competition / UCLA Newsroom
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  • Blah2009Blah2009 1318 replies19 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^it's alright. I will always hold UCLA with greater esteem than berkeley. And that's before I even graduated from Stanford. Unlike berkeley, UCLA doesn't have to game its undergraduate admissions with spring admits.
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  • tk21769tk21769 10658 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I said "renowned" not merely good. When you think of UCLA what majors is it known for?

    When you think of Yale, what majors is it known for?
    Hmm, I'd have to think.
    When you think of Georgetown, what majors is it known for?
    International Relations immediately comes to mind.

    When you think of Harvard, what majors is it particularly known for?
    Again, I'd have to think.
    When you think of Chicago, what majors is it known for?
    Economics immediately comes to mind.

    How about the University of Iowa?
    Its Creative Writing program is rather renowned.
    As is the English department at tiny Kenyon College.
    Yet I can't think of any one program in particular for which Brown University is renowned.

    In driving up the THE rankings, what matters more than anything else is "research influence". The key factor is journal citations.
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  • confusedboyconfusedboy 198 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    ^^
    Harvard? of course law and business.
    Yale? I can immediately say law and english.
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  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad 10221 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ I'm not implying its weak. I just said it doesn't have any "renowned" or "extraordinary" majors.
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  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad 10221 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yet I can't think of any one program in particular for which Brown University is renowned.
    PLME? An open liberal arts education...??
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  • 2Daswell2Daswell 243 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    An interesting and real one:

    World ranking based on university popularity (not by any surveys but by true university web sites traffic from internationals)
    Top 100 Universities in North America | 2013 World University Ranking

    Methodology
    4 International Colleges & Universities - About Us

    "The aim of this website is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of world Universities and Colleges based upon the popularity of their websites. This is intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific University/College is in a foreign country."
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  • bclintonkbclintonk 7679 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ Re; post #33,
    I like the web-based pure popularity ranking. I think there's something to it.
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  • tk21769tk21769 10658 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It measures web site traffic. Is that really the same as popularity?

    What percentage of college web site traffic is related to campus-internal business and information-sharing? Big schools get a bump over small schools from that part of their traffic (at least).
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  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad 10221 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Another Cal Nobel Prize!
    Two Americans, German win Nobel medicine prize - NBC News.com

    'furd and Yale too.
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  • xiggixiggi 24571 replies872 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Does the Furd guy get free parking on the Red Square too when he visits his Cal friends? Of course, it is easier for Sheckman to return to the place he earned his PhD at. And perhaps catch some decent football this year.
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  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad 10221 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ Agree about the football. Ugh!
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  • 2Daswell2Daswell 243 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    "What percentage of college web site traffic is related to campus-internal business and information-sharing?"

    Internal sharing didn't count. They only measure web site hits from internationals.
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  • sefagosefago 1713 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ So will using MIT opencourseware and such count as a hit?
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  • beyphybeyphy 2195 replies42 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Another Cal Nobel Prize!

    'furd and Yale too.

    +1 for UCLA too (Sheckman did his undergrad there.)
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  • sefagosefago 1713 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    yeah UCLA got significantly better as an instituition immediately Sheckman received the prize
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