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Is it better to go to a college that ranks high overall or ranks high in the field you're going into?

I'm currently a sophomore looking at different majors. I've always known that I wanted to go into something humanities or just anything that isn't STEM. Right now, I've been pretty interested in Law & Government, Public/International Relations, and Communications. As I've looked up which schools are good for these fields, I've noticed that a few very prestigious/well known schools rank a bit lower than I expected. As much as I would hope and would love to go to a prestigious school, I also want to make sure the program I end up in is also prestigious/really good. Do you think going to an overall prestigious school or going to a less prestigious school with a strong program for your major is better?

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@karengkim I was facing the same thing. I talked with my parents and they talked to their coworkers (attorneys, one of them from Harvard) and they asked if going to a Law school like Harvard would be better than going to a regular 4-year school. They all said that while prestigious schools like Harvard are great, they are schools for people with a lot of money. The coworker from Hardvard said that the shine of Harvard wore off a few years after graduating. So I think a less prestigious school with a strong program is better.

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Going to a less prestigious school with a strong program for your major is better. Going to a school with a strong program will allow you to get your foot in the door where prestigious school may not. Also you get to save some money which is always a plus.

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When you attend a school that is strong in your major, it can help get your foot in the door.

One example is Syracuse’s Newhouse school. Broadcasting students say it helps to have Syracuse on their resume when looking for related jobs.

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This year I am also facing such a choice, and in my opinion it is better to choose a less prestigious school, but with a stronger program. But this is my opinion. I wonder how you did.

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