Math at LACs?

<p>I am currently looking primarily at top-tier research universities, including Duke, U of Chicago, Princeton, Cornell, and others, but to vary my college list, and also as a sort of safety I have begun looking at some liberal arts colleges such as Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Middlebury College. Although the latter of them would be much less of a safety, I am looking to study mathematics or neuroscience and was wondering how liberal arts colleges in general function in these departments. Are some better than others? Which? Thanks in advance for your help!</p>

<p>If you haven't already, check out Harvey Mudd for anything math/science related :)</p>

<p>Williams and Wesleyan.</p>

<p>Very few LACs offer neuro as an undergrad major. Rhodes is one.</p>

<p>Pomona has both neuroscience and math, and is very selective.</p>

<p>Lafayette College: Lafayette</a> College
is very strong in math and the sciences.</p>

<p>They have a Neuroscience major: [Neuroscience[/url</a>]</p>

<p>Math department: [url=<a href="http://math.lafayette.edu/%5DMathematics"&gt;http://math.lafayette.edu/]Mathematics&lt;/a> Department](<a href="http://neuroscience.lafayette.edu/%5DNeuroscience%5B/url"&gt;http://neuroscience.lafayette.edu/)&lt;/p>

<p>Seems like I just posted this someplace else:
Oberlin</a> College News & Features
Overview</a> - Oberlin College</p>

<p>The math department there is quite challenging academically.</p>

<p>I would say that for LACs the biggest issue in general, in any subject, is course selection: the breadth and depth of offerings in your areas of interest, the # courses given only every other year, etc.</p>

<p>To get a handle on that you can go to the registrar's list of courses actually given each of the last two semesters in a particular department, look at what was actually offered ( as opposed to just sitting in their catalog) and count the # choices you would really have had.</p>

<p>St. Olaf is extremely strong in math. </p>

<p>St</a>. Olaf - Math
About</a> math at St. Olaf</p>

<p>Neuroscience is also available.</p>

<p>St</a>. Olaf - Neuroscience</p>

<p>For the class of 2010, it had as many math majors as Duke, Cornell, and Princeton combined and more than five times as many as Harvey Mudd.</p>

<p>Ditto Williams. When DD was looking at eastern LAC's, we arranged a meeting with the head of Williams' math department. C Adams is a rock star, and the department has hired the best math faculty they could find regardless of their specialty. Consequently, the number/rate of math majors at Williams was significantly higher than at peer institutions.</p>

<p>I should also mention that DD came in with an unusual background - Calc I, II, III, Linear Algebra, and Differntial Equations through a local University. She would have been able to pick up where she left off, and would not have run out of courses.</p>

<p>Our experience has been that Math faculty are willing to meet with prospective students and to permit them to sit in classes. I strongly recommend this during your visits.</p>

<p>double ditto on williams.. have heard great things about their math department. </p>

<p>i'll throw in swat just because i simply cannot resist :)</p>

<p>Swarthmore</a> College | Academics | Cognitive Science</p>

<p>Mathematics</a> and Statistics at Swarthmore College</p>

<p>Thanks for the input everyone! I have little experience with LACs, what they offer, and their selectivity, so thank you for the help.</p>

<p>As for unfamiliarity with selectivity of LAcs, perhaps this thread will helpful to you:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/687793-selectivity-ranking-national-us-lacs-combined-usnews-method.html?%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/687793-selectivity-ranking-national-us-lacs-combined-usnews-method.html?&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Williams, Harvey Mudd, and St. Olaf are often regarded as particularly strong LACs for math. Don't overlook St. Olaf; it is not as highly ranked overall as the other two, and is significantly less selective, but the math program is exceptional.</p>

<p>Thank you for that link monydad! It really puts these LACs in perspective in terms of selectivity.</p>

<p>You might find more suggestions here:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/644334-lacs-strong-mathematics.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/644334-lacs-strong-mathematics.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>