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September 30, 2010

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Physics

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.
Physics
78 137 60 130 100 148 34 84 55 109
Auburn U.
Physics
92 141 93 147 45 131 13 42 62 141
Baylor U.
Physics
118 149 115 149 64 139 28 77 96 147
Boston College
Physics
24 76 23 83 87 148 42 104 57 118
Boston U.
Physics
6 30 5 38 63 131 2 11 11 28
Brandeis U.
Physics
27 78 15 71 29 104 98 137 35 89
Brigham Young U.
Physics and Astronomy
118 153 130 158 15 139 66 113 108 153
Brown U.
Physics
18 67 21 93 22 90 28 83 37 85
California Institute of Technology
Applied Physics
10 41 17 72 4 43 85 130 18 41
California Institute of Technology
Physics
4 22 4 32 15 90 88 132 4 12
Carnegie Mellon U.
Physics
10 47 8 57 17 83 54 110 27 54
Case Western Reserve U.
Physics
41 107 41 122 9 54 23 74 40 91
Catholic U. of America
Physics
121 156 32 119 159 160 157 160 100 155
City U. of New York Graduate Center
Physics
125 153 121 152 109 149 8 31 54 123
Clark U.
Physics
131 155 144 159 12 102 11 52 104 146
Clemson U.
Physics
59 120 46 120 5 39 77 127 100 151
College of William and Mary
Applied Science
48 120 101 156 4 42 72 128 35 97
College of William and Mary
Physics
35 95 44 121 3 31 34 94 41 97
Colorado State U.
Physics
60 126 36 114 76 140 55 108 49 102
Columbia U.
Physics
5 24 5 43 40 124 17 60 10 26
Cornell U.
Physics
8 35 6 50 35 107 102 137 6 16
Dartmouth College
Physics & Astronomy
64 124 61 135 42 125 5 31 66 130
Drexel U.
Physics
84 137 63 130 118 157 17 66 122 154
Duke U.
Physics
14 67 7 63 55 127 78 123 30 73
Florida Atlantic U.
Physics
141 157 135 159 66 141 2 17 133 160
Florida Inter-
national U.

Physics
34 104 42 115 3 131 2 14 114 159
Florida State U.
Physics
42 109 30 111 24 98 70 116 37 83
George Washing-
ton U.

Physics
66 139 36 121 109 156 48 107 77 132
Georgia Institute of Technology
Physics
40 104 33 110 22 88 53 107 36 83
Georgia State U.
Physics
75 127 93 140 80 147 1 5 106 154
Harvard U.
DEAS-Applied Physics
3 18 3 24 13 87 42 101 5 27
Harvard U.
Physics
1 3 1 7 11 71 44 103 1 3
Illinois Institute of Technology
Physics
108 149 109 152 16 115 20 63 131 157
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Physics
20 72 39 116 10 102 16 60 35 75
Iowa State U.
Physics
17 71 8 53 38 115 127 149 31 68
Johns Hopkins U.
Physics
16 59 13 69 32 102 48 104 37 81
Kansas State U.
Physics
26 82 38 116 2 40 6 34 61 117
Lehigh U.
Physics
139 157 135 159 113 154 111 142 102 152
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Physics
77 135 70 134 38 119 109 141 74 127
Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology

Physics
2 12 3 26 29 94 119 145 1 4
Michigan State U.
Physics
13 56 17 82 21 94 72 117 17 41
Michigan Technological U.
Physics
99 146 115 155 46 123 24 80 97 147
Montana State U. at Bozeman
Physics
107 150 66 139 152 158 76 124 65 133
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Applied Physics
90 142 108 154 19 141 11 43 101 149
New Mexico State U. at Las Cruces
Physics
34 103 16 90 79 141 155 160 69 139
New York U.
Physics
48 105 42 111 19 113 48 103 74 124
North Carolina State U.
Physics
69 134 61 132 57 132 87 123 38 86
North-
eastern U.

Physics
37 112 24 106 22 91 146 155 38 99
Northern Illinois U.
Physics
95 147 32 111 85 137 121 144 117 154
North-
western U.

Physics and Astronomy
30 93 23 102 56 128 23 71 36 83
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Chemical Physics
93 145 63 134 149 159 3 22 81 136
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Physics
21 65 13 68 104 149 119 144 14 33
Ohio U. Main Campus
Physics and Astronomy
36 98 43 120 5 41 2 17 49 130
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Photonics
101 148 100 149 64 137 19 61 106 148
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Physics
116 149 124 156 5 62 98 133 95 152
Old Dominion U.
Physics
92 138 52 118 124 155 14 57 108 150
Oregon State U.
Physics
143 157 139 159 127 155 152 158 70 131
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Physics
4 21 7 50 6 44 65 110 10 29
Princeton U.
Physics
1 6 1 11 3 25 113 144 4 13
Princeton U.
Plasma Physics
15 60 12 75 21 104 136 151 13 46
Purdue U. Main Campus
Physics
45 100 37 111 132 153 17 66 28 60
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Physics
26 85 31 107 10 80 21 58 44 99
Rice U.
Applied Physics
11 56 3 35 20 90 33 96 37 104
Rice U.
Astronomy
48 125 33 118 54 153 144 154 61 140
Rice U.
Physics
14 66 7 57 105 151 94 130 28 66
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Physics and Astronomy
42 105 29 103 50 122 45 100 30 70
Stanford U.
Physics
8 40 7 47 48 126 76 121 7 25
State U. of New York at Albany
Physics
40 106 34 111 83 147 5 29 72 127
State U. of New York at Stony Brook
Physics and Astronomy
13 50 19 78 14 76 54 107 11 33
Stevens Institute of Technology
Physics
N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Physics
29 94 26 112 24 97 2 16 59 118
Temple U.
Physics
128 155 126 157 15 99 17 58 114 157
Texas A&M U.
Physics
23 76 19 90 37 115 39 90 34 79
Texas Christian U.
Physics
153 159 154 160 49 151 49 100 122 156
Texas Tech U.
Physics
156 160 131 158 152 159 43 92 151 160
Tufts U.
Physics
56 124 43 125 105 155 12 60 73 130
Tulane U.
Physics
9 45 5 37 3 53 130 148 99 151
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Physics
97 141 96 142 67 129 56 110 66 115
U. of Alabama
Physics
56 114 80 135 2 26 30 90 86 140
U. of Alabama at Birmingham
Physics
115 155 119 155 23 128 3 19 124 159
U. of Alabama at Huntsville
Optical Science and Engineering
102 151 105 157 69 143 25 80 83 138
U. of Alabama at Huntsville
Physics
68 129 49 122 68 143 77 129 64 116
U. of Alaska at Fairbanks
Physics
136 158 88 149 154 160 52 126 82 153
U. of Arizona
Optical Sciences
60 124 50 130 80 125 114 141 19 44
U. of Arizona
Physics
58 113 58 120 65 137 49 98 51 99
U. of Arkansas Main Campus
Physics
104 147 110 149 20 110 81 126 95 140
U. of California at Berkeley
Physics
1 9 1 15 27 97 138 150 1 3
U. of California at Davis
Applied Science Engineering
72 136 64 136 68 131 78 120 36 79
U. of California at Davis
Physics
31 85 31 101 18 87 120 145 33 61
U. of California at Irvine
Physics
8 40 8 63 37 115 113 143 20 40
U. of California at Los Angeles
Physics
17 60 25 100 30 106 154 158 9 27
U. of California at Riverside
Physics
25 82 14 78 53 130 10 35 50 104
U. of California at San Diego
Physics
18 66 16 84 29 107 147 155 16 31
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Physics
2 14 2 23 9 62 149 156 4 13
U. of California at Santa Cruz
Physics
11 51 5 43 17 83 61 122 43 94
U. of Central Florida
Physics
104 144 113 149 4 54 57 104 124 153
U. of Chicago
Physics
4 22 5 43 5 44 95 133 4 14
U. of Cincinnati Main Campus
Physics
78 130 64 128 102 150 40 101 79 135
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Physics
10 44 5 42 103 150 126 148 8 23
U. of Connec-
ticut

Physics Ph.D.
90 143 77 139 57 124 68 120 77 133
U. of Delaware
Physics
48 107 40 111 46 123 11 48 74 130
U. of Florida
Physics
27 83 23 96 22 90 73 120 27 65
U. of Georgia
Physics
100 148 81 142 91 149 41 94 77 143
U. of Hawaii-
Manoa

Physics
3 27 1 10 43 123 97 135 50 116
U. of Houston main campus
Physics
55 118 71 133 86 147 19 66 30 89
U. of Illinois at Chicago
Physics
54 116 18 96 92 147 8 34 79 140
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Physics
13 60 12 66 68 133 109 139 3 14
U. of Iowa
Physics
39 112 25 112 21 97 35 85 55 115
U. of Kansas
Physics
28 98 17 90 27 97 29 79 65 129
U. of Kentucky
Physics
72 132 88 144 78 141 19 73 64 125
U. of Maryland at College Park
Chemical Physics
33 94 37 109 9 111 9 40 44 98
U. of Maryland at College Park
Physics
23 66 30 95 23 91 126 145 5 21
U. of Maryland-
Baltimore County

Applied Physics
89 143 70 132 63 151 5 28 110 154
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Physics
31 96 25 106 44 121 46 100 46 108
U. of Miami
Physics
114 150 114 153 104 153 1 11 107 155
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Applied Physics
47 105 43 122 21 113 43 95 35 82
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Physics
10 48 11 74 30 98 28 73 14 30
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Physics
41 103 34 112 76 142 99 135 32 71
U. of Mississippi
Physics
18 88 25 114 1 12 121 146 82 139
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Physics
52 113 98 146 4 51 19 67 56 114
U. of Missouri at Kansas City
Physics
115 157 102 152 20 129 42 117 121 160
U. of Missouri at Rolla
Physics
138 156 131 158 76 145 19 69 122 156
U. of Missouri at Saint Louis
Physics
101 142 147 159 1 5 38 96 107 156
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln
Physics & Astronomy
24 91 27 115 3 36 48 101 49 103
U. of Nevada at Reno
Physics
107 147 127 157 4 73 6 34 125 155
U. of New Hampshire
Physics
48 118 31 119 65 131 138 154 37 101
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Physics
51 110 36 109 76 134 106 140 45 94
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Optical Science & Engineering
74 131 88 147 18 87 38 98 66 128
U. of New Orleans
Engineering and Applied Science--SCI
153 159 147 160 72 150 84 131 89 155
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Physics and Astronomy
50 114 33 117 107 150 73 125 41 87
U. of North Texas
Physics
158 160 146 160 132 156 145 154 151 160
U. of Notre Dame
Physics
40 104 25 99 51 131 28 81 52 104
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Physics
17 32 13 33 16 30 12 24 5 25
U. of Oregon
Physics
27 95 9 66 126 155 122 148 46 93
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Physics and Astronomy
4 23 5 40 4 42 34 86 20 37
U. of Pittsburgh Main Campus
Physics and Astronomy
23 80 27 105 32 107 50 103 30 62
U. of Rochester
Optics
45 109 35 116 42 117 65 126 28 54
U. of Rochester
Physics
11 53 15 83 46 125 52 102 9 32
U. of South Carolina at Columbia
Physics
69 133 36 119 118 153 13 52 103 154
U. of South Florida
Physics
132 155 125 153 13 94 11 44 145 160
U. of Southern California
Physics
97 140 95 144 36 104 69 122 83 142
U. of Tennessee
Physics
79 134 65 130 91 152 102 136 45 94
U. of Texas at Austin
Physics
25 80 33 110 16 72 158 160 4 17
U. of Texas at Dallas
Physics
78 140 48 126 22 102 121 148 90 149
U. of Toledo
Physics
104 147 102 153 23 94 39 92 87 140
U. of Utah
Physics
71 130 35 113 97 146 100 138 55 109
U. of Virginia
Physics
31 95 36 112 5 70 118 145 38 86
U. of Virginia
Engineering Physics
47 122 24 113 18 86 146 154 72 134
U. of Washing-
ton

Physics
20 67 23 103 48 124 153 158 15 35
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Medical Physics
124 155 113 153 132 158 34 95 61 143
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Physics
21 69 22 94 49 123 107 141 13 32
U. of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Physics
68 125 83 139 10 93 11 50 72 128
Utah State U.
Physics (SCI)
120 154 117 153 7 79 131 150 101 149
Vanderbilt U.
Physics
73 130 47 123 74 139 27 76 62 120
Virginia Tech
Physics
52 113 71 133 6 46 17 57 92 140
Wake Forest U.
Physics
54 117 71 134 2 30 71 124 74 135
Washing-
ton State U.

Physics and Astronomy
94 146 52 126 143 157 41 98 75 136
Washing-
ton U. in St. Louis

Physics
52 115 66 129 18 87 44 102 32 79
Wayne State U.
Physics
55 121 19 89 129 154 82 129 91 141
Western Michigan U.
Physics
133 155 130 157 16 105 2 21 146 160
Yale U.
Applied Physics
33 105 18 98 77 144 35 97 34 83
Yale U.
Physics
7 41 5 43 54 126 63 114 15 32
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.