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Old 02-12-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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University of Chicago, Northwestern, University of Michigan, and Wash U, I'd say...

University of Illinois (UIUC), University of Wisconsin (Madison), and OSU are pretty high too, I'd imagine
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Most smart kids aspire for a high-paying job after college...and choose colleges and specific majors appropriately

If needed to stay outside Coasts, suspect best choices would be:

U-IL CompSci/EE
U-MI CompSci/EE
U-MI Finance
Carnegie Mellon CompSci

Always amusing to watch Harvard (or any other college) liberal arts majors struggle to get a decent job post-grad, esp after spending 4yrs (and >$250K) amassing such job-relevant education/skills
This is what you call one-size-fits-all thinking. Not everybody wants to be a programmer, and money isn't everybody's first priority.
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Chicago all the way (even though I went to Northwestern, myself - long story). I'm not going to make a ranked list or anything like that, but almost all of the Midwest's flagship state universities are also excellent.
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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Good, informed responses thus far. My impressions, in rough order...

U of Chicago
Northwestern
Michigan
Wash. U
Wisconsin
Illinois
Notre Dame
Minnesota
Purdue
Kansas
DePaul
UIC
others, others
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:49 PM
 
Location: MN
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The Saint Cloud State University!
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:47 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Are the flagship plains state public universities really good? They don't seem to enjoy the kind of reputation that the flagship public universities of the great lakes states.
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:10 PM
 
Location: STL
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Academically, the best three are, in no particular order:
-Washington University in St. Louis
-University of Chicago
-Northwestern University
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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University of Chicago
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland)
Washington University (St. Louis)
University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana)
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:41 AM
 
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Carleton College
University of Chicago
Oberlin College
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Are the flagship plains state public universities really good? They don't seem to enjoy the kind of reputation that the flagship public universities of the great lakes states.
In a word, no. That's not to say that the the University of Iowa, University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska aren't good schools, they're just not on par with the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Minnesota, or Ohio State.
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