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View Poll Results: Are Boston's collges overrated?
Yes, by a long shot 10 16.13%
No, are you crazy?! 42 67.74%
Eh, they're good, but not the best 6 9.68%
I have no opinion 4 6.45%
Voters: 62. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-04-2009, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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We all know Boston is home to some of the worlds "best" universities. The goal of this thread is NOT to bash Boston, but to discuss whether or not the Colleges within Boston are overrated. Debate.

 
Old 11-04-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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this thread is overrated.
 
Old 11-04-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by rubber_factory View Post
this thread is overrated.
that was rude =T
 
Old 11-04-2009, 02:20 PM
 
Location: a bar
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If you look at the list of Colleges and Universities (some of the best in the world) all within a 10 mile radius, I say it's hardly overrated.

Berklee College of Music
Boston Conservatory
Boston University
Babson College
Bentley College
Boston College
Brandeis University
Emerson College
Harvard University
New England School of Law
Northeastern University
Simmons College
Suffolk University
Umass Boston
Lasell College
Lesley University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mount Ida College
Regis College
Tufts University
Wellesley College
Wentworth
Wheelock College
 
Old 11-04-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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Go BU!!!

Boston is a wonderful place to live and has some of the most well-regarded colleges and universities in this nation.
 
Old 11-04-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I'm sure everyone can guess my answer: of course not. Boston is home to two Top 5 universities in the nation, and two Top 10 universities on the planet (including the #1 for both lists). Also home to the world's best tech school (or at least tied for the top spot with CalTech). Over 250,000 college students reside in Boston and Cambridge alone.

Harvard's annual financial endowment is the second largest of any non-profit organization (behind the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation) with $26 billion. Harvard has graduated 8 presidents, and around 50 Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the University. The list of people who didn't graduate Harvard is nearly equally impressive.

Harvard Medical School is arguably the best in the world, and is located in the center of arguably the greatest concentration of top medical facilities on the planet, Longwood.

MIT has a very notable alumni list too. If you took the combined revenues of companies founded by MIT affiliates, it would be the seventeenth largest economy on the planet. Not too bad.

One of the top Liberal Arts schools in country is Wellesley College, located just outside the city (3 of the top 5 are in Massachusetts, but 2 are in Western Mass).

Other notable schools in the Boston area: Boston College, Boston University, Suffolk University, Emerson College, College of the Holy Cross, Tufts University, Brandeis University, Bentley University, Lasell College, Lesley University, Berklee College of Music, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Worcester Polytech.

If you include the Boston CSA, then you'd also have Brown, Providence College, and Salve Regina.

I can't think of any city which can stack up to the Athens of America...none are even close.
 
Old 11-04-2009, 03:15 PM
 
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They aren't overrated, but they aren't heads above other universities either. As far as concentration... it is definitely on up there. Basically what I am saying is the best education in the world doesn't all happen at Harvard and MIT... You could get equally good education from Stanford, U Chicago, Cal Tech, Princeton for example.
 
Old 11-04-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Boston
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"The Boston gig has been cancelled... I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town."
 
Old 11-04-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Denver
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"The Boston gig has been cancelled... I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town."
haha, is that an actual quote from a movie?
 
Old 11-04-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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They aren't overrated, but they aren't heads above other universities either. As far as concentration... it is definitely on up there. Basically what I am saying is the best education in the world doesn't all happen at Harvard and MIT... You could get equally good education from Stanford, U Chicago, Cal Tech, Princeton for example.
Yea probably, but there's certainly no other concentration of top schools like Boston's...which is what I understood to be the OP's question.
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