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U.S. News grad-school rankings: a walkthrough

Update, 4/19: I've added news from Virginia Tech and American University below.

The 2011 U.S. News graduate school rankings came out today. Here is a synopsis, with an accent on D.C.-area schools where such emphasis is possible.

Here are the top 10 law schools. The University of Virginia has passed Northwestern and Duke to secure the sole 10th spot. The University of Chicago has moved up a notch.

1. Yale University (CT)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Stanford University (CA)
4. Columbia University (NY)
5. University of Chicago
6. New York University
7. University of California-Berkeley
University of Pennsylvania
9. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
10. University of Virginia

Here are the top 10 medical schools for research. Hopkins drops a place, from second to third.

1. Harvard University (MA)
2. University of Pennsylvania
3. Johns Hopkins University (MD)
4. University of California-San Francisco
Washington University in St. Louis
6. Duke University (NC)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Washington
Yale University (CT)
10. Columbia University (NY)

Here are the top 10 business schools. MIT rises significantly.

1. Harvard University (MA)
Stanford University (CA)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
4. Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)
5. University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
7. Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)
University of California-Berkeley (Haas)
9. Columbia University (NY)
9. New York University (Stern)

Here are the top 10 education schools. Stanford is down; Harvard is up. Hopkins has passed UCLA.

1. Vanderbilt University (Peabody) (TN)
2. Teachers College, Columbia University (NY)
3. Harvard University (MA)
Stanford University (CA)
5. University of Oregon
6. Johns Hopkins University (MD)
University of California-Los Angeles
8. Northwestern University (IL)
9. University of Wisconsin-Madison
10. University of California-Berkeley
University of Texas-Austin
University of Washington

. . . And here are the top 10 engineering schools. The top six are unchanged.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Stanford University (CA)
3. University of California-Berkeley
4. Georgia Institute of Technology
5. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
6. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
7. California Institute of Technology
8. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
9. University of Texas-Austin (Cockrell)
10. Cornell University (NY)
University of Southern California (Viterbi)

A few notes from individual schools:

At the University of Virginia, the Darden School of Business rose from 15th to 13th in the rankings, while the Curry School of Education moved up from 24th to 21st.

The College of William and Mary's education school, which is about to move into a new facility, climbed nine spots to 39th, tied with the University of Georgia. WM's law school retained its 28th rank.

American University's education school climbed the rankings to 63 from 91 last year.

At Virginia Tech, the College of Engineering climbed two spots and entered the Top 25, tied with Hopkins and Ohio State. The Pamplin College of Business ranked 41st.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  April 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration , Marketing , Rankings , Research  | Tags: Johns Hopkins University, U.S. News grad schools, U.S. News graduate school, US News rankings, University of Virginia  
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Too bad the US News rankings get so much attention in the media. A significant number of people pay attention to them, not knowing that a great deal of emphasis is placed on a bogus "peer reputation." And those who accept the smallest percentage of applicants probably offer the least value added for their graduates.

Posted by: jlhare1 | April 16, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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