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Top colleges for anthropology

rachelceerachelcee Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
edited September 2013 in Other College Majors
Hi, what are the top colleges for anthropology in America?
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  • pepsitruckpepsitruck Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I can't find any information on this either and I am interested.
  • anxious dadanxious dad Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Hi Pepsitruck, we're in NJ too and my daugther has an interest in anthro.(I'm a professor of biology myself). Depends on the kind of anthropology you're talking about: cultural? ethnographic? physical/forensic? archaeology? U. Penn. has outstanding program; Brown is also very good; Rutgers is quite good, and SUNY STony Brook has an outstanding physical anthropology group. Some LACs suprisingly are completely lacking in anthropology, or make just a token effort (Bowdoin and Bates, for example -- I expected more). In NJ, a LAC with a nice curriculum in anthropology is Drew. Hope this helps!
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,445 Super Moderator
    Anthropology LACs: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?p=4704473 (posts #6 & 7)

    List of Anthropology departments: http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~anthro/ANTHDEPT.HTM

    What are your stats, and what kind of college are you looking for? Grinnell and Berkeley both have good anthro departments, for example, but they're completely different schools. As anxious dad said, it would help if you knew which concentration you liked best. Some schools are great in one area (Duke- biological anthropology, Wooster- archaeology) but are weak in other areas.
  • TerrarumOrbisTerrarumOrbis Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    Ummm...Brown's anthro. is really not that stellar. Penn/Chicago/Harvard/ are my suggestions
  • rachelceerachelcee Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    How is Dartmouth's anthropology like?

    I am most interested in social and cultural anthropology and archaeology.
  • rachelceerachelcee Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    sorry, as for my stats, i am an international student (singaporean currently studying in the UK) probably looking at rather good colleges... just took the oct sat which i found harder than the one i took last year. hopefully i can get a 2100+ for it. sat IIs are 710(lit), 730(chem), 800 (math II). but according to my teachers, they dont look at our SATs with as much interest since we're international applicants.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,445 Super Moderator
    Ummm...Brown's anthro. is really not that stellar.
    It's not on the same level as Chicago or Michigan, but it's not a bad program, particularly for archaeology.

    rachelcee- I suggest you send a private message to slipper1234. He majored in anthropology at Dartmouth. As I recall, they have a good program and offer $10,000 grants for undergraduate thesis research.

    Yes, they certainly DO look at your SAT scores. International students are normally given a little leeway on verbal, but you're studying in the UK, so that doesn't count.
  • collegeprep11collegeprep11 Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    international applicants, much like urms applicants, are evaluated base on where they are from. those from developed countries are faced with higher expectations as the schools expect them to be more prepared than those from developing countries where education systems may be less than perfect.
  • hostiletakeoverhostiletakeover . Posts: 245 Junior Member
    Dukes anthro department is very good
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,445 Super Moderator
    Dukes anthro department is very good
    I both agree and disagree with that because technically there isn't one anthropology department at Duke. It offers cultural anthropology and biological anthropology & anatomy, but they're two entirely different departments with entirely different faculty and aims. Duke lacks an archaeology program altogether. In other words, Duke has good cultural anthropology and BAA programs, but they're separate departments, which may or may not be a good thing for an undergrad interested in more than one aspect of anthropology.

    Duke's cultural anthropology department has a justly deserved reputation for being rather liberal. Many of the same faculty teach in both the Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies departments.
  • renixrenix . Posts: 682 Member
    "Ummm...Brown's anthro. is really not that stellar. Penn/Chicago/Harvard/ are my suggestions"

    I took an anthro class at Brown and the teacher was amazing. He had been on National Geographic and Nova. Everyone I met in the Arch. dept had recently been digging something up so their stories were interesting. I took an Egyptology class where the teacher gave us information that hasnt been published in any books yet.
  • andreaaaaaaandreaaaaaa Registered User Posts: 7,930 Senior Member
    how about biological anthropology/evolution/genetics? i like this part of anthropology much more than cultural anthropology, but most of the rankings focus on cultural anthropology.

    i have heard good things about duke, but i am looking for an LAC on the west coast or midwest. any suggestions? my stats are 3.7 gpa, 2200ish sat.
  • vinvin Registered User Posts: 334 Member
    i think princeton has a good anthro program
  • liz6298liz6298 Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
    what about specifically for cultural anthro?

    thrown in with that, schools that maybe have impressive study abroad programs to go along with the cultural anthropology field?

    i'm looking specifically at LAC's, but will take any suggestions
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Registered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    Hi guys,

    I was an anthro major at Dartmouth and it was fantastic. The program is small and tightknit, but with exceptional profs who will invite you to their homes for dinner. Dartmouth offers so much to anthro majors. Here was my experience. Sophomore year I did a presidential scholarship where I worked on a research project one-one with a professor (available to those with a 3.3+GPA). Junior fall I then took a reading course one-one with a professor to prepare for the Clare Garber Goodman Grant, which gives up to $10K for undergrad anthro research. I got the grant and performed my research in the pacific, fully funded including gifts for my host family. I then came back senior year and had TWO advisors all year for my thesis. Also, I had a "culminating seminar" course. In the end, I probably had 6 classes with three or less people including my thesis.

    To add to this there is a specific Dartmouth led study abroad in New Zealand. This is very different from most schools where study abroad is just outsourced to a local school, Dartmouth study abroad is led by Dartmouth professors.

    I could not imagine a better academic experience at the undergrad level.

    In turn, because so there are so many opportunities for Dartmouth students, they are great grad school applicants and tend to place exceptionally well into grad programs. My fellow majors who went on to pursue anthro grad school went to places such as Harvard, Chicago, and Cal (In fact I think almost 100% of the students I know who went to anthro grad school went to a top 5). Students who pursued other fields (like myself) go onto top 5 business, med, and law schools etc.
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