Graduateprograms.com Announces the Fall 2013 Top Graduate Programs According to Students

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Prospective candidates compile pamphlets, information from school websites and traditional rankings to help them in their decision making process, though few reach a final decision before speaking with a friend, a family member, or someone who has been there.

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No one knows more about the graduate school experience than current or recent graduate students. Prospective candidates compile pamphlets, information from school websites and traditional rankings to help them in their decision making process, though few reach a final decision before speaking with a friend, a family member, or someone who has been there.

Understanding this need for an inside scoop, Graduate Programs is thrilled to announce their first ever Top Graduate Programs according to students, enumerating the best graduate programs in the country in a variety of fields based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on graduateprograms.com.
Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between Sept. 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, encompass reviews posted by more than 40,000 students participating in over 1,300 graduate programs nationwide. Ratings are based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

For a complete list of rankings for individual programs, please visit http://www.graduateprograms.com/graduate-school-rankings.

In alphabetical order according to field of study, the Top Graduate Programs in the country are…

Anthropology: Cornell University (9.8 stars)
Architecture: University of California, Berkeley (8.9 stars)
Biology: Duke University (9.5 stars)
Business and Management: Ohio State University (9.4 stars)
Business Administration: Rice University (9.1 stars)
Executive MBA: Northwestern University (9.5 stars)
Chemistry: Rice University (9.4 stars)
Communications: Georgetown University (8.9 stars)
Computer Science: Carnegie Mellon University (9.5 stars)
Criminal Justice/Criminology: Old Dominion University (9.4 stars)
Dental Medicine: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (9.2 stars)
Economics: Princeton University (9.3 stars)
Education: University of California-Berkeley (9.4 stars)
Engineering: University of Georgia (9 stars)
Biomedical Engineering: Columbia University (9.4 stars)
Chemical-Bio Engineering: Penn State University (9.5 stars)
Civil Engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (9.4 stars)
Electrical Engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (8.8 stars)
Engineering Management: The University of Alabama (9.4 stars)
English: University of Colorado, Boulder (9.3 stars)
History: Harvard University (9.9 stars)
Law: University of Colorado, Boulder (8.8 stars)
Mathematics: Princeton University (9.5 stars)
Medicine: University of Washington, Seattle (9.2 stars)
Nursing: University of Pittsburg, Main Campus (9.2 stars)
Occupational Therapy: Colorado State University (9.2 stars)
Pharmacy: University of Maryland, Baltimore (9.4 stars)
Physical Therapy: University of Wisconsin, Madison (8.9 stars)
Physics: University of California, Santa Barbara (9.5 stars)
Political Science: Arizona State University (9.1 stars)
Psychology: Harvard University (9.5 stars)
Public Affairs: University of Kansas (9.5 stars)
Public Health: Eastern Virginia Medical School (8.9 stars)
Social Work: New York University (8.9 stars)
Sociology: Duke University (9.3 stars)
Veterinary: Louisiana State University (9.3 stars)

In addition to leaving ratings and reviews, students often post more personal comments regarding their respective programs. One Carnegie Mellon Class of 2014 Computer Science and Engineering student wrote, “Carnegie provides an incredible small school atmosphere combined with the best robotics program in the US. The other students are passionate and engaging and I love working with them!”

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

METHODOLOGY
Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Graduateprograms.com 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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