Announces Top 50 Graduate Schools for Social Life

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With votes from more than 40,000 students representing over 1,200 schools, Graduate Programs ranked the most social graduate schools in the nation—and the University of Colorado at Boulder came out on top.

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With votes from more than 40,000 students representing over 1,200 schools, Graduate Programs ranked the most social graduate schools in the nation—and the University of Colorado at Boulder came out on top.

In addition to the value of a great post secondary education, grad schools providing students the opportunity to meet and socialize with others representing various backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs helps them to expand their horizons and provides enrichment beyond the classroom.

To that end, Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the Top 50 Graduate Schools for Social Life in the country as of September 30, 2013. The rankings are based solely on ratings and reviews posted by current students on using a 10 star system (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest).

1.)    University of Colorado at Boulder (8.89 stars)
2.)    University of Dayton (8.63 stars)
3.)    University of Texas at Austin (8.6 stars)
4.)    University of Alabama (8.56 stars)
5.)    University of Georgia (8.54 stars)
6.)    Tulane University (8.537 stars)
7.)    University of Miami (8.535 stars)
8.)    Duke University (8.49 stars)
9.)    Southern Methodist University (8.47 stars)
10.)    Texas State University-San Marcos (8.4 stars)
11.)    Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (8.33 stars)
12.)    Brown University (8.31 stars)
13.)    Thomas Jefferson University (8.3 stars)
14.)    University of Virginia (8.29 stars)
15.)    University of Wisconsin-Madison (8.28 stars)
16.)    Rice University (8.23 stars)
17.)    University of Iowa (8.22 stars)
18.)    Kansas State University (8.214 stars)
19.)    Indiana University Bloomington (8.212 stars)
20.)    University of California-Los Angeles (8.211 stars)
22.)    University of Pennsylvania (8.210 stars)
23.)    Auburn University Main Campus (8.2 stars)
24.)    Yale University (8.18 stars)
25.)    University of Florida (8.157 stars)
26.)    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (8.15 stars)
27.)    University of Missouri-Columbia (8.13 stars)
28.)    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (8.12 stars)
29.)    Ohio University-Main Campus (8.113 stars)
30.)    University of Vermont (8.112 stars)
31.)    University of Southern California (8.11 stars)
32.)    University of Nebraska-Lincoln (8.1 stars)
        California State University, San Bernardino (8.1 stars)
34.)    Florida State University (8.06 stars)
35.)    New York University (8.02 stars)
36.)    Western University of Health Sciences (8.01 stars)
37.)    San Diego State University (8 stars)
38.)    Harvard University (7.99 stars)
39.)    Emory University (7.972 stars)
40.)    Chatham University (7.97 stars)
41.)    Indiana University of Pennsylvania (7.964 stars)
42.)    University of Washington Seattle (7.963 stars)
43.)    Michigan State University (7.956 stars)
44.)    University of California-Berkeley (7.955 stars)
45.)    Florida International University (7.95 stars)
46.)    University of Oregon (7.947 stars)
47.)    Vanderbilt University (7.946 stars)
48.)    Tufts University (7.94 stars)
        Florida Gulf University (7.94 stars)
        University of Kansas (7.94 stars)

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments about their experiences on the site as well. One Class of 2016 student from the University of Colorado at Boulder wrote, “People are easy to meet and hang out with. There is plenty to do at night! The faculty is accessible and the class sizes are great.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All rankings for most social graduate schools cover a period from September 30, 2012 to September 30, 2013. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

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