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I am told he did and it was to Mom's choice, NDame. If so, really scratching my head. Their academics are no better than
their supposed athletic prowess. Another imaginary illusion constructed in their dream-world. 97% graduation rates? I
heard it was 197%. No joke......
I am no fan of ND--However, their academics are very good..
Losing doesn't make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder-Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
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Don't kid yourself. Their academics are excellent.
The mods have been saying for days that it was ND, so if you're just now realizing this you haven't been paying attention.
Also, it may not be so much about ND's academics as their huge network of grads. A ND degree serves a graduate better nationwide.
ha, a degree from ND will set you up very good down the road.
Perception is reality. A degree from ND impresses potential employers.
Yeah, but playing on the football team at Alabama is more impressive than playing on the football team for Notre Dame, and there is no doubt this kid's ambition is to be an NFL first round draft pick. Bad move on his part if he does in fact go with the Irish.
it is in the tea leaves...we probably would have known if it was UA becuase he was to make his decision last night and I assume tell the coaches.
Private schools can claim whatever they want without a shred of proof in regards to academics.
They do have a great alumni network. That is the only real known fact.
If he wants the best of all worlds, he'll go to UCLA:
1 - Academics as good as or better than ND
2 - The weather
3 - UCLA is in a very good position within the PAC12, with the turmoil at USC and Oregon having a new coach, to compete for championships (they're also putting together a pretty good signing class)
4 - The Weather
5 - They have a pretty good HC
6 - The *Weather*
7 - It's close to home for him
8 - Did I mention the WEATHER
IF his football future is his paramount concern, Alabama is in a class by itself.
Well not to be a smart ass, but his potential employers are NFL teams, and they prefer Bama degrees.
May be the same curriculum wise but it sure isn't comparable in terms of difficulty. I can promise you that procuring a high GPA at schools like Harvard and Princeton is lot more difficult than doing so at most any other school. Reason being is that most college courses grade on a pre-determined curve. Depending on whether the course is a weedout course (ie. Organic Chemistry) or a standard class for your major the predetermined median grade could be B-/C+ for weedout courses and B+/B for standard courses.
There is a big difference in the quality of students at Harvard/Princeton and thus being high on the curve is much more difficult when the "average" student in your class made a 33 on the ACT versus a 24-25 average. The bottom 25% of students [based on SAT/ACT] at Harvard, Yale, etc are typically better students than the top 25% at most other schools. I've taken courses at a highly ranked private school [Duke] [Physics 1.....different number system at various school but 1st semester college physics] and then the 2nd semester [Physics 2] of the same course at a highly ranked public institution [UNC-Chapel Hill] and the difference was night and day in terms of difficulty as the test had to be very difficult at Duke in order to ensure that the average grade in the class was B-/C+ due to the quality of the students in the program.
The net result of being in class with smarter classmates is that you have to study harder to get the grade that you could get at most schools with less effort. Study harder you learn more.
So I concur that perhaps the same textbook is used at many schools whether it be Stanford or Cornell vs University of Oklahoma or the Unv of Kentucky but the difficulty of the course in terms of exam difficulty isn't the same. There is a reason that schools like Harvard and UPENN graduate such small numbers per class but have more C-Level employees at major organizations than other schools. So they produce more CEO's even though they have a smaller pool of Alums. The data is out there. Those schools also have the highest average salary for alums.
You have smart people at every school across the country....at Harvard or Yale, essentially 99.9% of the student body is smart.
"You must show no mercy nor have any belief whatsoever in how others judge you, for your GREATNESS will silence them all." -ULTIMATE WARRIOR
I was with you til the last part. But ivy league schools have major nepotism in play. If your father is a big donor, they allow some people in who wouldn't otherwise qualify. I could name examples, but I don't want to see this thread go in that direction. But I will put it atleast 90%.
This post was edited by Ashevillain 14 months ago
Nepotism still exists, yes, but it has been trending down in the last two decades. There are other less qualified (on paper) people getting in for other reasons, and this has been trending up for quite some time. We don't have to go there either.
Well said dukie! Agree
and the cheer leaders
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