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    Cyburbian Floridays's avatar
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    your alma mater

    U.S. News & World Report has published its "America's Best Colleges" Report for
    2005.
    2005 College Report
    Where does your alma mater fits in?

    Mine (University of Oklahoma -- go Sooners!) is ranked 127 out of 130.

    I'm not sure I completely understand the Tier system, though.

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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor: Top schools - #22(tied), Top public schools - #2(tied)
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Alas... I did not see the University of Northern Colorado on there. Any rankings for teaching/nursing schools. I may find it there.

    Oh well, I think I did okay for coming from there.
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    Wait, it's in Tier 4. But what does that mean?
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    University of Florida #51

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    Don't ask.....

    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN
    Wait, it's in Tier 4. But what does that mean?
    It doesn't mean much of anything.....those of us with brains that went to the University of Northern Colorado are doing just fine.....oh and it happens to be one of the best values in all of higher education today (certainly for teachers and nurses and this planner ). zmanPlan, our next football game is against Montana.....Montana will be beat by 3 TD's minimum
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    Ball State is a Tier 3 school. I personally feel I got out of BSU what I put in (and I became a Hoosier public servant, so I think the state got something for its investment in me).
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    Quote Originally posted by The One
    It doesn't mean much of anything.....those of us with brains that went to the University of Northern Colorado are doing just fine.....oh and it happens to be one of the best values in all of higher education today (certainly for teachers and nurses and this planner ). zmanPlan, our next football game is against Montana.....Montana will be beat by 3 TD's minimum
    I agree that those of us with brains are doing just fine. Greeley can suck you in if you're not careful or at least creative Good value, yes and I thought I got a fine education (And a fine job) as a student there. The GIS program is coming into the fold too. Budgets may kill some stuff now, but overall it is a good experience.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    Ball State is a Tier 3 school. I personally feel I got out of BSU what I put in (and I became a Hoosier public servant, so I think the state got something for its investment in me).
    I think BSU overall is a tier 3 school.....CAP, on the other hand, at least during my time there, is among the better Architecture, Planning, and LA schools out there.
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    Undergrad - USU - Tier 3
    Grad - UCD - Tier 4

    Rankings of schools is for snob name dropping appeal and willing spend $$$$.
    AIB a previous thread does the ranking/name of which school you attended/graduate from really make you a better planner ?
    I think not IMHO.
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    For whatever it means...
    Boston College - #37
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - #32

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    Undergrad = University of Maryland (2nd. Tier)
    Grad = Georgia Institute of Technology (1st. Tier)

    Considering I get considerable aid/scholarship for my undergrad and had an assistantship my entire three years of grad school I can't complain. My student loan balance is manageable

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    That was funny!

    I got a pop-up for Phoenix University... but they didn't have a link for top-rated online colleges.

    WTF?

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    graduate: U of Wisconsin-Madison #34, as I read the chart
    undergrad: U of Wyoming, in the third tier

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    A second "Go Sooners"!!!

    David Boren has worked hard to get OU in the second group....I never felt so snobby to be "second"...but 127 out of hundreds ain't bad at all

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    Indiana University-#71

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    My undergraduate, Bypass High (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) wasn't even on the Tier Four list. But, you know, I had some great teachers and some interesting classes there, so these "rankings" are pretty worthless to me.

    Grad School: University of Virginia: 22-right ahead of UC Berkeley.

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    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas?
    That was funny!

    I got a pop-up for Phoenix University... but they didn't have a link for top-rated online colleges.

    WTF?
    Nah. Its probably under "Top-rated secretarial training schools."

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    Texas State shows up in first tier

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    Quote Originally posted by Floridays
    .....Where does your alma mater fits in?.....
    Mine is not listed...too small, I guess.

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    Univ. of Tenn at 96
    Surprised to see FSU at 111 but can understand that since it maintains its status of number 1 party school in the nation
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    Mine is not listed...too small, I guess.
    I am not even looking on the assumption that I either don't REALLY have an "alma mater" or that it won't be listed.

    I have taken classes at something like 9 different schools but I still do not have my Bachelor's (yup, you guessed it: I have a classic case of "Military Wife Syndrome" ). I have an associate of arts from Barstow Community College and a certificate in GIS from UC-Riverside. In another zillion years, if all goes my way, I will have a Bachelor's from CSU-Bakersfield. If I am not utterly burned out on college, life, the universe, and everything, theoretically I will thereafter attend USC (a small satellite campus they have in Sacto) for my master's.

    So I was going to just keep my mouth shut and refrain from humiliating myself but then you had to go and fess up.

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    UC Davis ranks #42... It was an okay school... good access to profs, which is something that I liked. Coming from a magnet school in L.A. with lots of teacher to student time, it was nice to have access to profs for clarification and further discussion.

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    Also not listed. I'm not surprised.

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