Announces Its Dean’s List of Top English Grad Programs in the Areas of Career Support, Education Quality, Financial Aid and Quality of Network

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To help prospective English 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 English Grad Programs, is pleased to release its “Dean’s List” of top English grad programs in the areas of career support, education quality, financial aid and workload as defined below:

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

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

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 English programs in the country for career support, education quality, financial aid and workload are:

Top English Grad Programs for Career Support:
1    University of Colorado at Boulder
2    Princeton University
3    Middlebury College
4    The Ohio State University
5    University of California-Berkeley
6    University of Rhode Island
7    University of Pennsylvania
8    Vanderbilt University
9    Northern Illinois University
10    University of Pittsburgh

Top English Grad Programs for Education Quality:
1    University of Colorado at Boulder
2    Iowa State University
3    University of Pennsylvania
4    Vanderbilt University
5    Princeton University
6    Indiana University Bloomington
7    University of Central Arkansas
8    Brigham Young University
9    Michigan State University
10    University of Memphis

Top English Grad Programs for Financial Aid:
1    Iowa State University
2    Morgan State University
3    Vanderbilt University
4    Princeton University
5    University of Vermont
6    California State University, Dominguez Hills
7    Arizona State University
8    Boston College
9    California State University, Northridge
10    University of Colorado at Boulder

Top English Grad Programs for Workload:
1    University of Massachusetts-Amherst
2    University of California-Berkeley
3    University of Minnesota
4    Morgan State University
5    Princeton University
6    Hunter College - CUNY
7    University of Pennsylvania
8    University of New Orleans
9    California State University, Dominguez Hills
10    University of Vermont

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share personal insights as well. One Princeton University Class of 2016 English Grad student commented, “…Almost nothing is left to be desired of the Princeton graduate English program. It is a remarkably welcoming, drama-free environment (on the level of both students and faculty), and the quality of education it provides is without question one of the best in the nation.”

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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