Honors Program or LAC?





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By Lki (Lki) on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 03:01 pm: Edit

I would like to get some more information - and a discussion - on the relative merits of honors programs at state schools as opposed to just going to a top LAC.
As I see it, the benefits of an honors program are as follow:
low tuition :)
special access to faculty (have heard stories about how students in UMD honors program have taught classes to single students)
Great research opportunities (Univ. of Maryland has special program where 12 person multidisciplinary research team actually publishes book @ end of snr year)
Special citations (good for grad school)

If you havent guessed - I'm from Maryland - and if anyone has info on UMD College Park Honors Program(s) (especially gemstone)- i would love it

What are the vaeious tradeoffs
Which would be better - Especially for grad school where school prestige is less of an issue

By Arcadia (Arcadia) on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 04:02 pm: Edit

what LAC are you thinking about? It would be helpful to know...

By Lki (Lki) on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 - 10:24 pm: Edit

just in general, though probably top tier,
i.e. ameherst, wesleyan, pomona etc...

By Lki (Lki) on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - 05:49 pm: Edit

bump

By Lki (Lki) on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - 07:48 pm: Edit

what I'm particularly interested in @ UMD is a program called Gemstone (more selective than plain ol honors, ~150 students/class) in which interdisciplinary research teams of ~12 ppl work on a 3 year research project and publish their results in a book when they graduate.
http://www.gemstone.umd.edu/
Does anyone know of any other programs that might be like this?


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