Ash Alizadeh, MD, PhD Tumor heterogeneity is a hallmark of cancer and a fundamental determinant of patient outcomes, and early detection has proven the most successful strategy to improve cancer outcomes. Ash Alizadeh, MD, PhD, leads a research group that uses genomic approaches for decrypting this heterogeneity and for improving early cancer detection, with a focus on methodological innovation.
A generation ago, elite schools were a clearly defined group: Smaller liberal-arts colleges—like Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Swarthmore and Wesleyan—were the destinations of choice for top students who preferred a more intimate campus.
But in the past few decades, the number of college-bound students has skyrocketed, and so has the number of world-class schools. The demand for an excellent education has created an ever-expanding supply of big and small campuses that provide great academics and first-rate faculties. The colleges on the following list—the "New Ivies"—are beneficiaries of the boom in top students.
We selected them based on admissions statistics as wellas interviews with administrators, faculty, students and alumni. In some cases, admissions directors have also provided examples of "overlap" schools—rivals for applicants to the colleges on our list. Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Founded by Jesuits to teach the sons of Irish immigrants, BC today serves 9, undergraduates and 4, graduate students. About 70 percent of the student body is Roman Catholic.
The school's growing popularity among students from around the country has meant a 39 percent increase in applications in five years. Students appreciate the strong academics, but also seek out other opportunities. That means wide participation in student government, theater and intramural sports.
Boston itself is also a major appeal; the campus is about five miles west of downtown. The school owns acres of beautiful research property on Orr's Island, off the rocky coast of Maine.
In winter, students have plenty of space to ski cross-country. Not surprisingly, Bowdoin draws many mountain climbers, kayakers and hikers.
Bowdoin's students work hard, but the atmosphere is not as intensely competitive as at comparable schools. The most popular major is government and legal studies, followed by economics, English, history, biology, sociology and environmental science.
Bowdoin phased out its fraternities a decade ago, and most students now live on campus.
Dorms are small—about 30 to 50 students per building—and feel more like apartments. Students praise the food. The school even serves fresh lobster at the first-year banquet.
Williams, Amherst, Brown, Dartmouth and Middlebury. Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, Pa. A major national research university, Carnegie Mellon serves 5, undergrads and 3, grad students in seven colleges reflecting CMU's academic diversity: Students have to apply to specific schools.
Last year, CMU received a record 18, applications and admitted 6, The drama program in the College of Fine Arts has the most competitive admissions; engineering is the most popular major overall, but business is catching up.
CMU is known for fostering entrepreneurial spirit: That reflects CMU's sterling academics; 15 faculty members and alumni are Nobel laureates. Business students sometimes overlap with the University of Pennsylvania, and music students with Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music.
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