Fair enough.MarquetteHoops said:First off, I'm not trying to start a war here. However, Marquette as overrated? US News lists MU as 85th overall for universities which grant doctoral degrees. I realize that these types of rankings are not scientific but are useful for illustration and do have some merit.
As far as the graduate programs, the law school's dispute resolution program is ranked 11th. In 2002, the department of counseling and educational psychology was named the department of the year by the American Psychological Association. The physical therapy program is 16th while the nursing programs are 53rd and the school of education is 57th. Recently, MU was also listed as having one of the top 100 entrepreneurial programs. This is to name a few.
Marquette is expensive, yes. However, all private schools are because they do not receive state funding. Yet, many people like myself receive a fair share of university aid, bringing the cost per year closer to that of the state schools.
Most importantly, there is a very strong emphasis on faith and on volunteering. Every year over 80% of undergraduates perform some type of community service. I also like the fact that the liberal arts classes try to connect subject matter to real world issues, in the hope that students will become future leaders committed to serving others. I could go on, but this will do for now.
I wouldn't say that the West coast has better schools than the Great Lakes. I'd match them pretty evenly. If you're comparing solely Big Ten schools to Pac 10 schools, I give a clear edge to the Big Ten, because it's clearly stronger from top to bottom. With the Pac 10, you have a very steep drop off from UW/USC to the bottom half of Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State. I think the two lowest ranked schools in the Big Ten (MSU and IU) would comfortably rank in the middle of the Pac 10.RonnieJonez said:I agree. I think the Big 10 holds its position very well though. Only the east and west coast are known to have better schools.