UIUC,UWM,UVa or NYU for mathematics? Please help!

<p>Please help me!
1.Which is the most prestigious?
2.Which is the best for mathematics? (My ultimate goal is to be a actuary. )
3. Which one offers better job opportunities?.</p>

<p>If you want to be "a actuary" then the prestige of the university is not important. Passing the actuarial exams is more important than any other factor. Illinois and Wisconsin (if that is what UWM is) both offer degrees in actuarial science and the courses to help you pass the first four exams. NYU may also, I'm not sure. I don't believe Virginia does.</p>

<p>Fiyero is right as far as actuarial math is concerned. If you are interested in graduate school or research mathematics, these are all great choices but UVa is probably weaker than the others.</p>

<p>what does your financial situation look like? Can you afford all 4 schools?</p>

<p>If you can, I would go to UVA (with Wisconsin being my 2nd choice).</p>

<p>Which state do you live in? You're better off not paying out of state costs if possible (not worth it!).</p>

<p>How much will your parents pay for your education?</p>

<p>NYU isn't worth the cost.</p>

<p>Passing the exam is more important.</p>

<p>For Mathematics, NYU is about as good as it gets.
Are you familiar with the Courant Institute?</p>

<p>Courant</a> Institute of Mathematical Sciences - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</p>

<p>NYU is arguably the most prestigious, and certainly the well-known, school among the bunch.</p>

<p>If cost is not a concern, it is the right answer.</p>

<p>kwu, I disagree, UVA and NYU are academic peers. If the OP does not have a scholarship at NYU, is it worth paying more for a school of similar quality? Save the money for graduate school or something else.</p>

<p>Pierre:
When it comes to Mathematics, NYU and UVA are most definitely <em>not</em> peers.</p>

<p>well how big is the difference? what if he decides not to do mathematics?</p>

<p>What about wisconsin or illinois? again, what can he afford?</p>

<p>Well, that wasn't the question. He was specifically asking about Mathematics, and in that field, NYU is clearly on top.</p>

<p>it is a question that needs to be considered because he is asking which school he should go to and finances is always a consideration in a good college decision</p>

<p>UVA for Out-of-State students costs $43,140 the first year, $43,660 every year afterward.</p>

<p>The OP didn't indicate whether cost would be a concern. Let's suppose it isn't.</p>

<p>While in mathematics prestige might matter, if you want to be an actuary prestige will play a very, very small factor in what job you get (maybe none at all). All that matters is how many tests you pass. </p>

<p>That being said, there might be some schools that better prepare you for the tests (I am not sure), but all you employer cares about is the tests.</p>

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Well, that wasn't the question. He was specifically asking about Mathematics, and in that field, NYU is clearly on top.

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The difference between NYU and Wisconsin is not very large in most departmental rankings. Illinois is still pretty close. UVa is significantly further back.</p>

<p>For actuarial math, Wisconsin and Illinois are both listed as covering through "Advanced" material by the SOA. NYU is too, but under Stern act. sci. For more, see Actuarial</a> College Listings - Academic Relations</p>

<p>Actually UW has more highly ranked depts than NYU. In math NYU is excellent. But UW is also.</p>

<p>Thank u guys for all the advice!!!
I know that NYU is excellent in math, but I wonder whether it is worth the cost.
If I have to choose between UIUC and UWM, which one is better?</p>

<p>go with Wisconsin in that case</p>

<p>Could you tell me why?</p>

<p>Because Madison>>>Chambana if nothing else. Both are good schools in this area. One is great fun too with a national student body and an awesome campus. The other has corn.</p>