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Subject: College
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:
<a href='http://www.usnews.com/education/worlds-best-universities-' target='_blank'>http://www.usnews.com/education/worlds-best-universities-</a>;
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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