Stellar programs at lower-tier colleges

<p>What great programs are out there at campuses that most of us at CC tend to overlook? For instance, Indiana State University has two programs of distinction - Financial Services (especially insurance and risk management) and education. What other schools are out there that might be great safeties based on the major, not the campus as a whole?</p>

<p>Finally, we are focusing on specific majors and not just universities as a whole. Thanks for starting this thread.</p>

<p>Would anyone know of any great safety schools for economics or if any schools from Colleges that Change Lives have a great economics program?</p>

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Finally, we are focusing on specific majors and not just universities as a whole.

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Generally it's better to focus on universities as a whole. Majors make up only about 1/3 of one's coursework at the most, after all. Additionally, ~80% of students come in undecided, and at least 50% change their major at least once (source</a>).</p>

<p>A college can have an extremely strong program with excellent professors, but it can still be a very poor choice if it's a weak university overall. A stellar program does not compensate for a weak student body, fewer resources, less advising, etc. I've written about this in greater detail [here[/url</a>].</p>

<p>To contribute to the thread more directly, however, I'll add that many people don't know Centre has an excellent [url=<a href="http://web.centre.edu/art/glass.html%5Dglassblowing"&gt;http://web.centre.edu/art/glass.html]glassblowing&lt;/a> program](<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1064063859-post5.html%5Dhere%5B/url"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1064063859-post5.html).&lt;/p>

<p>Most of the best zoology programs are at less selective schools.</p>

<p>MSU: <a href="http://www.zoology.msu.edu/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.zoology.msu.edu/&lt;/a>
Oklahoma: <a href="http://www.ou.edu/cas/zoology/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.ou.edu/cas/zoology/&lt;/a>
Oregon State: <a href="http://zoology.science.oregonstate.edu/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://zoology.science.oregonstate.edu/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University in Huntington, WV (We Are .... Marshall) is outstanding. The top sports broadcasting student in the country graduated from there last year and the department has won award after award. My S is going there and is really looking forward to it, especially since they have new football and basketball coaches this year - a very exciting time to be a sports broadcasting major.</p>

<p>College</a> of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - University At Albany - State University of New York</p>

<p>"The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany is the first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. With more than $5.5 billion in public and private investments, CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex has attracted over 250 global corporate partners - and is the most advanced research complex at any university in the world."</p>

<p>Meteorology at Oklahoma.</p>

<p>Actuarial Science @ Illinois State U
Anthropology @ U Arizona
Astronomy @ U Arizona</p>

<p>That's just the A's.</p>

<p>It isn't a program, but Kansas State has a fairly astounding record at producing prestigious scholarship - Goldwater, Rhodes, Truman, etc. - winners.</p>

<p>Rutgers: </p>

<p>Philosophy: Consistently ranked in top 3 by philosophical gourmet report in the English speaking world</p>

<p>Mathematics: The mathematics department is really strong; especially Discrete Mathematics which is consistently in the Top 5</p>

<p>Literature: All its literature whether it is creative writing or world literature, or gender studies all are ranked in top 20.</p>

<p>Pharmacy: One of the best pharmacy school in the country. Admission stats are similar to HYPSM. Top 10 in terms of research grants for pharmaceutical sciences. </p>

<p>Physics: Consistently ranks in top 25 program in the country</p>

<p>Business and Nursing might just make the cut but I am not too sure. There might be more programs but these come immediately to my mind.</p>