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Question: My boyfriend is currently interested in switching into a linguistics major program, but through the research we have done it was inconclusive which universities truly were the best. In a current linguist's opinion, What university, preferably in the United States, is the best for entering the field today? Thank you for your time and consideration, Catherine Atchley
Reply: Hi, Catherine, Susan is right, as usual. Besides, each of us would be likely to tell you to go to where we graduated from (hint: I'm from MIT). Also, some of the colleges are quite difficult to get into. Still, if you are interested in a more or less disinterested opinion, you might check out the US News site at: http://www.usnews.com/education/worlds-best-universities- rankings/best-universities-linguistics I can tell you that I wouldn't feel bad recommending any of the first ten or twenty universities listed there, although not necessarily in their order. Likewise, different universities take different views on accepting transfer students--some are easier than others to transfer to. The top universities may only accept into the freshman class under 10% of applicants, and the figure is probably lower for transfers. Good luck. Jim PS: The first US university at the site I mentioned is Harvard. Well, they only missed by two miles ;-)>. Oh, btw, most rankings for fields consider principally graduate school fields, rather than undergraduate ones (the US News one may be an exception to this). James L. Fidelholtz Graduate Program in Language Sciences Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades Benem'erita Universidad Aut'onoma de Puebla, M'EXICO
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Date: 12-Oct-2012
 
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