And why? Please choose dispassionately.
3 years ago
Please be more specific. Undergrad?Graduate? what do you mean by best? Accessibility of professors? Course design? Rigor? Research opportunities?
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In order to get good responses, I believe it is important to specify what you are looking for in a mathematics department.
In any case, I'd really like to hear responses from @Calvin Lin and @Scott Kominers.
Indeed. the answer would vary for different people. For you to figure out which is the best university for YOU to study mathematics, you need to ask yourself the following questions
0) What level of mathematics are you talking about? Given your age, I will assume that you are looking for undergrad classes.
1) What area of mathematics are you interested in? At the very least, do you like real or applied math?
2) Do you prefer a large department where there are many professors to talk to, or a small close knit group? Each has its pros and cons
3) Can you study overseas? E.g. do you have financial constraints (not all universities are need-blind)? Do want to study overseas or would you prefer something local?
4) Can you speak English, French or Russian? Each of these will open up different opportunities for you.
5) What kind of university culture are you looking for? (This is independent of the math department, and you might not really care.)
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I don't know much about math-focused universities, but Cambridge and Oxford seem prestigious, because of their alumni and achievements related to math.
MIT of course
UCLA is also good..