Duke v. Rice

<p>I love everything I've heard about these schools. I am going to admit days for both, but it will still be a tough decision. Can anyone tell me how they're different? (in terms of social life, academics, reputation, etc.)</p>

<p>I might want to be an econ major-- anyone know how their economics departments compare?</p>


<p>who gives you more $?</p>

<p>I didn't get any $ at Rice, and I'm still waiting on Duke. I might get a little need-based (I got 3000 at WashU) but not much. Rice will probably be slightly cheaper in the end, but my parents are willing to pay for either</p>

<p>In terms of economics (and getting a job in the future in finance/banking) I would hands down choose Duke. And this is coming from someone who has a lot of friends going to Rice (I'm from Houston). </p>

<p>Rice has a great reputation for it's engineering and architecture, but in a broader sense Duke probably has more reputation. Both are great academic schools.</p>

<p>Duke has a much larger social scene and excellent sports programs.</p>

<p>As a Duke student, the Econ program is definitely very strong. Lots of prestigious I-banks and consulting firms come to recruit at Duke whenever there's a career fair or something like that. As with strong departments, there is some weeding out. I'd suggest not taking Econ 51 since that's a big weedout class (especially with Leachman) and use your AP credit if you have it and go right to econ 55.</p>

<p>Duke is known for its economics. I haven't heard of anything similar about Rice's economics, but I may be wrong.</p>

<p>My DD would like to major in Biological Sciences. Which University would be better and have a stonger program? Also, which of these two Universities would have great career prospects in the future with better job opportunities. She would like to go into the med school</p>

<p>I believe Duke has a stronger bio program due to the presence of the med school, which has made BME and the natural sciences stronger though I'm sure Rice's bio department is pretty solid too. If you want to get into med school, it's important as a freshman to get involved with EC's as soon as possible when you get to college; don't bog yourself down with extremely hard courses your first semester and year. This way, you'll get a foot in the door at these student organizations, and you'll know more people increasing your chances of being elected to leadership positions. After you get adjusted to life at Duke/college, you can start taking more challenging semester course loads. Yes, academics are extremely important to med schools, but they are only part of the application.</p>

Here's the US News rankings for Biological Sciences graduate programs. I know you're interested in undergraduate programs, but they only have graduate rankings for biological sciences.</p>

<p>Search</a> - Biological Sciences - Graduate Schools - Education - US News and World Report</p>

<p>Duke is ranked 12
Rice is ranked 48</p>


<p>As for economics:</p>

<p><a href="http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/eco/search%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/eco/search&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Duke = 21
Rice = 48</p>

<p>for undergrad you will get much more out of Rice, particularly because of proximity to two Medical Centers across the street. Also, there is more research opportunity at Rice per undergrad than at Duke and many other places. Rice offers one of the few 7 year premed/med school programs. Brown is another. Duke's, as well as many others, rankings are a function of their graduate programs. This is why some rank Dartmouth substantially higher for undergraduate than Harvard, Yale, etc. Bottom line though is where is the right fit, who shows you love with scholarship offers, and where will you be happiest. Look at sudent satisfaction rankings and quality of life rankings!</p>

<p>^ Rice is tied into MD Anderson in Houston, and it doesn't get a lot better than that. Loads of research opportunities and if you are lucky enough to get paid to do it under one of their undergraduate scholarship programs, few if any other places are better for someone wanting to study in those programs.</p>


<p>What about Duke's medical center at the edge of campus?</p>

<p>The bio programs at both schools will be strong. Don't believe for one minute that you'll have a better chance at med school acceptance coming from one school or the other. These are very different places in location and campus feel. Visit. Go where you'd be more comfortably a part of the scene.</p>


<p>Economics probably does give the edge to Duke but not only because the program is a fair amount stronger, but because alumni and business connections (at least outside of Texas) will be stronger.</p>