Announces Top Student Rated Social Work Programs for Diversity, Faculty Accessibility, and Transportation

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Michigan State University Most Diverse; University of Louisville and BU Have Most Accessible Faculty; Best Transportation for Social Workers at NYU

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Let’s call it like it is: sometimes, social work students have it rough. They have long commutes to challenging placements, all to prepare for life after graduation. But, some programs are better than others in the areas most important to social work students.

Coinciding with Social Work Month, Graduate Programs, the online guide to graduate schools for prospective graduate students, today released its rankings of the Top Social Work Programs for Diversity, Faculty Accessibility, and Transportation, according to student ratings and reviews posted on The rankings are based solely on surveys of current and recent grad students and use a 10 star system (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest). Verbatim answers were posted on the site from more than 1,500 students representing over 130 accredited social work programs across the United States.

The Top Social Work Programs for Diversity in the United States, according to ratings and reviews are:

1.)    Michigan State University (10 stars)
2.)    University of Louisville (9.75 stars)
3.)    Case Western Reserve University (9 stars)
        University of Southern California (9 stars)
        University of Wisconsin-Madison (9 stars)

The Top Social Work Programs for Faculty Accessibility are:

1.)    University of Louisville (10 stars)
         Boston University (10 stars)
2.)    University of Southern California (9.75 stars)
3.)    New York University (9.5 stars)
        Michigan State University (9.5 stars)
        University of Wisconsin-Madison (9.5 stars)
        Fordham University (9.5 stars)

The Top Social Work Programs for Transportation are:
1.)    New York University (10 stars)
2.)    University of Louisville (9.5 stars)
        Michigan State University (9.5 stars)
        University at Albany (SUNY) (9.5 stars)
3.)    Loyola University Chicago (9.3 stars)
        Virginia Commonwealth University (9.3 stars)

Many students posted comments in addition to their review. A Class of 2016 University of Louisville student commented about the first year of the school’s online graduate social work program, “This is the first year for the Kent School of Social Work to offer their basic masters program online. So far it has been enjoyable and challenging at the same time. Even though I don't have the benefit of face to face contact with my instructors, they have been very willing to find other means of contact and have created good lessons over the internet. I would recommend this program to anyone who has a busy schedule or is miles away from the campus or is an independent learner.”

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 business school rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to March 1, 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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