[A Harvard PhD or Ivy League PhD or top US school PhD is far superior: my opinion. My opinion differs from yours, and it matters more because I decide whether to forward you to jobs or not Your next misconception is that you think some simplistic ordering function exists. It doesn't, at least no useful function exists.You need to study some CompSci, rarely do I say such a thing in this forum, but hey.You need to understand the difference between a predicate, an ordering function and an aggregate, and finally grouping. You also need to have met someone who went to the same college as someone who fell asleep in an economics lecture. You need to understand the diversity of utility functions, and you need to understand this now.[/ig]You get better all around training and are exposed to top notch faculty. Flatly untrue. Some people who know vastly more about this game will point at the Ecole Polytechnique, others say nice things about the final bit of the Cambridge maths tripos, and in any case only a tiny % of the world's "top notch" people are at any given university. Even then, how much of their time do you think you will get personally ?You seem to prefer American universities, fine, that's not an irrational evaluation. However, you demonstrate no evidence that you are making an efficient choice, since you've not defined what you are trying to achieve, and seem to have fallen for what Heinlein would call the aristocratic fallacy.