Pls compare classics programs at

<p>Pls let me know if you think any of these have notably better or worse classics programs:
Cornell, UPenn, JHU, WashU, Carnegie Mellon, Duke. Any others of that level with good clAssics programs? Thanks!</p>

<p>Pls also add UMichigan and UVA to the comparison.</p>

<p>It's difficult to discuss them without knowing what you want to study (philology? archaeology? ancient history?), your intended career path (law school? teaching Latin? PhD?), and your background in Greek and/or Latin.</p>

<p>Nevertheless, I'd rank them roughly as follows.</p>

<p>1) Penn -- This program has grown by leaps and bounds, and the Penn Museum is unmatched. Adding in its impressive offerings in Egyptology, Assyriology, and Hebrew studies for interdisciplinary studies, it's easily the most well-rounded option on your list. Also in the Philly area, Bryn Mawr is superb for classics and is part of a consortium with Penn.</p>

<p>2) Michigan -- It's been plundered for faculty recently but is still a top-notch program. The Kelsey museum was recently renovated and is quite nice. This is another well-rounded program, and like Penn, Michigan has offerings in Egyptian and ancient Near Eastern studies (though weaker/fewer).</p>

<p>3) Duke -- Duke has an exceptionally strong classics program in its own right, and if you factor in UNC, which forms a consortium with Duke and is even stronger in classics, it's a classics powerhouse and could arguably be ranked higher. This department was my undergraduate home base, and my fellow majors and I did quite well in graduate admissions; one is at Brown for classics, another is at Harvard for classics (after winning the Beinecke scholarship and studying at Oxford), and yet another is at Stanford law.</p>

<p>4) Cornell -- This department is in a bit of flux, as several professors have retired and not yet been replaced. It's a great program, and Cornell also has strong offerings in Indo-European historical linguistics, archaeology, and ancient Near Eastern studies.</p>

<p>5) UVA -- UVA has a decent program. It's long been known for classical archaeology in particular, but otherwise I don't know much about the department.</p>

<p>6) Johns Hopkins -- This is where things start becoming noticeably weaker. Hopkins has a decent program but is not as good an option as some of the above schools. Like Penn, it has a strong Near Eastern studies department that may be of interest. The recently renovated archaeological collection and the Walters museum both have decent classical collections.</p>

<p>7) WUStL -- For an elite school, its program is fairly weak. Still a viable option, but one could do better if serious about classics.</p>

<p>8) Carnegie Mellon -- CMU has no classics program. I'm not even sure it offers Greek and Latin.</p>

<p>You seem primarily interested in universities. Consider the following schools, which range from safeties to reaches:
[</em>]Boston U
[<em>]Florida State
[<em>]Penn State
[</em>]UNC Chapel Hill
[<em>]William & Mary

<p>Graduate</a> Program Rankings
Ranking</a> of Classics Graduate Programs — Graduate School Guide
NRC</a> Rankings in Classics</p>

<p>Holy Cross-very good LAC near Boston has very strong Classics program. Believe HC offers some merit aid in this major.</p>