Announces its Dean’s List of Top Chemistry Grad Programs in the Areas of Career Support, School Use of Technology, Financial Aid and Workload

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To help prospective Chemistry grad students better evaluate their options for continuing education, compiled and analyzed over 40,000 ratings posted on the site by students attending more than 1,200 different graduate programs nationwide. As a follow up to its recently published Fall 2013Top Chemistry Grad Programs, is pleased to release its “Dean’s List” of top Chemistry grad programs in the areas of career support, school use of technology, financial aid and workload as defined below:

Career Support: Quality of career planning resources and support received both during graduate school studies and after.

School Use of Technology: Access to the most cutting-edge technology available for your field of study.

Financial Aid: If you received Financial Aid from your school, how pleased are you with your package (grants, scholarships, etc.) and the application process?

Workload: Is the workload generally manageable? Is the work pertinent, practical, and constructive or just busy work?

The ensuing rankings were compiled from student ratings and reviews posted on from Sept. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013 using a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

The top Chemistry programs in the country for career support, school use of technology, financial aid and workload are:

Top Chemistry Grad Programs for Career Support:
1    California Institute of Technology
2    University of Virginia
3    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
4    Rice University
5    University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus
6    Penn State University Park
7    Texas A&M University
8    Virginia Tech
9    University of Central Florida
10    Case Western Reserve University

Top Chemistry Grad Programs for School Use of Technology:
1    University of Washington Seattle
2    California Institute of Technology
3    Case Western Reserve University
4    University of Georgia
5    University of Vermont
6    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
7    Rice University
8    Brigham Young University
9    University of Rochester
10    California State University, Fresno

Top Chemistry Grad Programs for Financial Aid:
1    California Institute of Technology
2    University of Colorado at Boulder
3    University of Georgia
4    Yale University
5    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
6    University of Wisconsin-Madison
7    Rice University
8    Columbia University, NY
9    Case Western Reserve University
10    University of Washington Seattle

Top Chemistry Grad Programs for Workload:
1    Rice University
2    California State University, Los Angeles
3    Boston University
4    Penn State University Park
5    Harvard University
6    Yale University
7    Columbia University, NY
8    California Institute of Technology
9    North Carolina State University
10    University of Colorado at Boulder

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share personal insights as well. One California Institute of Technology Class of 2014 Chemistry Grad student commented, “Pros: You will get a job when you leave. You can work for almost any advisor, regardless of your enrollment option. Great faculty support to get out of your program in 5 years, this is new. Cons: You are no longer the smartest person in your class/ program. Accept this and you will do well. Otherwise you will go crazy.”

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. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 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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