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Harvard University Named Best Psychology Program by Students; Northwestern Ranked Second

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Harvard University’s psychology graduate program has been ranked number one in the nation by students. is an online guide to graduate schools for prospective graduate students. Current and recent students from graduate programs at more than 1,200 schools across the country rate and review their experiences, including posting pertinent comments. Using the cumulative responses, ranks the various programs.

“We are honored to be selected by our students as the #1 graduate psychology program on's website,” said Celia Raia, Graduate Program Administrator at Harvard.

The student-based rankings for the nation’s top psychology programs are:

1.) Harvard University (9.53 stars)
2.) Northwestern University (9.13 stars)
3.) University of Georgia (8.96 stars)
4.) University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (8.88 stars)
5.) University of Virginia (8.75 stars)
6.) Duke University (8.65 stars)
7.) Yale University (8.64 stars)
8.) Stanford University (8.63 stars)
9.) Washington University in St. Louis (8.58 stars)
10.) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (8.57 stars)
11.) Bowling Green State University (8.54 stars)
12.) University of California, Davis (8.458 stars)
13.) University of Minnesota Twin Cities (8.45 stars)
14.) University of Florida (8.43 stars)
15.) Auburn University (8.41 stars)
16.) George Washington University (8.36 stars)
17.) Virginia Commonwealth University (8.34 stars)
18.) University of New Mexico (8.31 stars)
19.) Pepperdine University (8.19 stars)
20.) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (8.17 stars)
21.) University of California, Berkeley (8.13 stars)
22.) University of Wisconsin-Madison (8.11 stars)
23.) Michigan State University (8.08 stars)
24.) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (8.07)
25.) Purdue University-West Lafayette (8.06)

Susan Hespos, director of Graduate Psychology Studies at Northwestern, said, “We are thrilled to have been bestowed the #2 ranking on We are happy that our students recognize what a wonderful program we have. We continue to work hard making our faculty accessible and continuing to grow our student diversity.”

Students often left comments along with their program reviews. One University of Georgia Class of 2016 student said, “…I've always found the professors at UGA to be helpful and open to collaboration. I am beyond happy that I chose UGA for graduate school and recommend that all qualified students look into the available psychology graduate programs.”

Students may 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 psychology rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 until June 19, 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., Psychology. 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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