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Which has more prestige/more job potential- Stanford University or Columbia University?

Which has more prestige/more job potential- Stanford University or Columbia University? Topic: What is a research professor position
July 17, 2019 / By Sunshine
Question: I'm considering these two schools for grad school. I would especially like to hear from professors who *attended* either or both of those schools. Or from people who are in a position to hire professors and have come across resumes from people from both of these schools.
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Raelyn Raelyn | 1 day ago
Even on the East Coast, Stanford generally carries more prestige than Columbia - though that's relative, as they're both extremely competitive schools. However, there are certain areas of study where Columbia might be stronger, and there are definite advantages to being in New York. And if you're thinking PhD programs (which is what you'd need in order to become a professor), you're going to need to pay attention to those details and evaluate which program is better for yourself, since your research and publications are going to matter a lot more in terms of getting hired than just where you go to school.
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Raelyn Originally Answered: What are my chances of getting accepted into Stanford University or Columbia University?
Your chances so far are okay, but you should know that highly selective colleges like those don't really care about what awards you won prior to high school (unless they were REALLY significant -- like the kind that would get you featured in the news -- and if you continued pursuing that same activity that got you the award(s) afterwards in high school). Playing in band and being a Girl Scout is great, but schools like Columbia and Stanford really want to see people who have literally gone above and beyond. There are plenty of other applicants to these schools who will also be in band and will be Boy/Girl Scouts, so think carefully about what makes you unique or different from the rest of them and emphasize that in your application. Having moved several times throughout my life and a couple of times during high school (I am a senior, but this is my 3rd high school, and I've also attended 2 middle schools and 3 elementary schools), I can sympathize with you in terms of how tough it is to maintain consistent extracurricular activities. If you want, you should definitely talk about how that has been a factor in your life and how you've adapted to it. I personally did not write about this in my admissions essay, but I did include it in the "Additional Information" section of my Common App. When I interviewed for schools like MIT, Yale, Princeton, and UPenn earlier this year, I talked about how constantly changing geographical residences has shaped my high school career, and my interviewers were all visibly very impressed. Keep in mind that Stanford and Columbia are still extremely very selective, though, so I'd encourage you not to get too hung up on them in case you get rejected. (I made this mistake by making Stanford one of my top-choice schools, and was crushed when I was flat-out rejected from its Single-Choice Early Action program in December this year.) Look around at other top schools as well -- perhaps you'll find more "hidden gems" than you originally thought!
Raelyn Originally Answered: What are my chances of getting accepted into Stanford University or Columbia University?
You're on a good path: top grades, challenging classes, and significant outside activities. Stanford University, while a very fine school of the same quality of the Ivy League schools, is not in the Ivy League.

Mellony Mellony
There's a number of factors here, including what's your field of interest, because Stanford or Columbia may be better depending on the field. However, one big factor is geography. On the west coast, Columbia is not anywhere as prestigious or famous as Stanford. Basically, Stanford is the best school west of the Mississippi. However, east of the Mississippi, they think Columbia is more prestigious than Stanford.
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Mellony Originally Answered: I Want to go to Columbia University?
Cornell offers a professional five year B.Arch degree. An M.Arch degree is not required to take the licensing exams. This may not be the best plan since the most earning a B.Arch first can take off the M.Arch is one year so it is still seven years to earn the M.Arch degree. http://www.arch.columbia.edu/programs/ar... If the Ph.D. in Architecture is being considered.... "Eligibility for admission to the program is limited to students holding a Master of Architecture degree, or a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree plus a master's degree (or equivalent) in the field of architectural history and theory." http://www.arch.columbia.edu/programs/ph... Diversity in terms of admissions does not usually mean not wanting applicants from another university in the same state. Diversity usually means preferring applicants from certain races and ethnicities. Graduate program often prefer not to have their own students with the same undergraduate degree. For instance, Berkeley Economics would prefer a U of Chicago undergrad Economics major over a Berkeley undergrad Economics major for it Economics Ph.D. program. This does not hold for professional schools where the undergrad degree is not in the same department as the graduate degree. Berkeley Law has more Berkeley undergraduate degree holders than from any other school, and this is true at Yale Law school, Harvard Law, Stanford Law etc. Columbia and Cornell may both be located in New York but are vastly different in terms of their environments Good Luck!
Mellony Originally Answered: I Want to go to Columbia University?
I think that it is a good idea because you'll save money on tuition and all of your courses will probably transfer. Also, my cousin went to Columbia and ended up as a back-up guitarist for Ted Nugent (true story). I also like Columbia because of the atmosphere. It is a serious school, known and respected.

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