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September 30, 2010

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Geography

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
Arizona State U.
Geography
7 20 9 30 5 15 36 41 5 23
Boston U.
Geography
1 1 1 1 16 36 2 2 1 5
Clark U.
Geography
7 16 7 15 19 37 3 17 4 27
Florida State U.
Geography
31 47 30 44 6 33 24 39 27 44
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Geography
16 38 8 23 48 49 16 36 24 44
Kansas State U.
Geography
17 39 17 40 1 8 43 48 25 47
Kent State U. Main Campus
Geography
32 47 27 45 21 40 18 36 38 48
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Geography
24 42 22 41 41 47 27 39 11 34
Michigan State U.
Geography
23 44 21 43 14 36 10 27 32 47
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Geography
9 23 9 24 9 26 14 34 11 30
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Geography
31 47 37 48 1 3 42 48 39 49
Oregon State U.
Geography
11 36 9 30 6 37 9 29 15 38
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Geography
5 12 8 25 13 30 4 15 4 18
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Geography
33 47 17 39 41 47 3 12 21 41
San Diego State U. and U. of California at Santa Barbara
Geography
20 41 13 38 17 37 21 36 16 35
Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale
Environmental Resources & Policy
18 40 16 40 17 31 28 39 29 45
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Geography
12 30 17 37 3 20 11 32 20 42
Texas A&M U.
Geography
20 44 15 41 8 31 11 34 27 46
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Geography
14 32 16 36 30 40 7 25 8 24
U. of Arizona
Geography
8 21 13 35 2 17 39 46 6 28
U. of California at Berkeley
Geography
13 30 13 34 31 42 19 38 4 16
U. of California at Davis
Geography
10 30 9 32 10 33 3 13 14 39
U. of California at Los Angeles
Geography
2 6 2 7 14 35 13 33 4 13
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Geography
2 6 2 5 23 37 40 46 1 4
U. of Cincinnati Main Campus
Geography
28 46 37 48 3 17 20 38 21 41
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Geography
2 7 3 7 7 19 14 35 2 9
U. of Connec-
ticut

Geography Ph.D.
43 49 40 48 27 46 38 44 45 49
U. of Florida
Geography
35 48 28 45 35 44 7 22 28 44
U. of Georgia
Geography
16 33 21 40 6 18 17 36 15 35
U. of Hawaii-
Manoa

Geography
34 47 17 40 41 48 14 36 25 42
U. of Idaho
Geography
9 35 8 24 12 26 44 48 6 30
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Geography
8 23 9 22 13 36 3 15 20 47
U. of Iowa
Geography
18 41 13 38 16 36 14 35 12 32
U. of Kansas
Geography
22 44 11 33 15 33 49 49 15 42
U. of Kentucky
Geography
8 27 20 42 2 12 14 35 9 34
U. of Maryland at College Park
Geography
2 6 2 5 22 45 5 19 2 8
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Geography
35 47 42 48 11 30 5 20 25 42
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln
Geography
47 49 45 48 40 46 5 20 46 49
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Geography
17 37 14 34 26 41 14 34 10 28
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Geography
31 46 49 49 17 43 27 39 23 44
U. of Oregon
Geography
6 18 4 8 21 41 4 20 7 23
U. of South Carolina at Columbia
Geography
7 19 10 33 1 5 6 20 19 40
U. of Southern California
Geography
13 33 9 30 30 44 1 1 8 41
U. of Tennessee
Geography
15 35 21 42 4 15 40 48 14 46
U. of Texas at Austin
Geography
26 45 37 47 5 31 40 48 7 32
U. of Utah
Geography
33 48 16 44 42 48 23 38 15 42
U. of Washing-
ton

Geography
13 30 10 27 45 48 15 35 8 21
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Geography
3 9 3 7 18 36 41 47 2 7
U. of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Geography
19 39 36 47 2 14 3 15 33 48
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.