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

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To help prospective Biology 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 2013 Top Biology Grad Programs, is pleased to release its “Dean’s List” of top Biology grad programs in the areas of career support, school use of technology, financial aid and education quality 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?

Education Quality: Access to relevant, interesting, challenging courses by qualified professors.

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 Biology programs in the country for career support, school use of technology, financial aid and education quality are:

Top Biology Grad Programs for Career Support:
1    Boston College
2    Duke University
3    University of Maryland, College Park
4    University of Notre Dame
5    University of Washington Seattle
6    University of Delaware
7    University of Colorado at Boulder
8    Yale University
9    Indiana University Bloomington
10    Washington University in St. Louis

Top Biology Grad Programs for School Use of Technology:
1    Duke University
2    University of Maryland, College Park
3    The University of Chicago
4    Boston College
5    Indiana University Bloomington
6    Miami University-Oxford
7    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
8    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
9    University of California, San Diego
10    University of Central Florida

Top Biology Grad Programs for Financial Aid:
1    Indiana University Bloomington
2    Duke University
3    University of Delaware
4    The University of Chicago
5    Yale University
6    University of Notre Dame
7    University of Maryland, College Park
8    Washington University in St. Louis
9    Harvard University
10    Texas Southern University

Top Biology Grad Programs for Education Quality:
1    Indiana University Bloomington
2    The University of Chicago
3    Boston College
4    University of Colorado at Boulder
5    Yale University
6    University of Washington Seattle
7    Duke University
8    Washington University in St. Louis
9    University of California-Berkeley
10    Harvard University

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share personal insights as well. One University of Chicago Class of 2018 Biology Grad student commented, “In my specific program (Evolutionary Biology), UChicago is a juggernaut of quality research full of respected scientists. I couldn't be happier as a graduate student anywhere else - we're well funded, supported in all manners, and there's an almost overwhelming social scene among the graduate students.”

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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