'U.S. News' Releases 2009 Rankings of Graduate Schools

March 28, 2008

U.S. News & World Report released another of its ever-contentious rankings at midnight, this time picking what it says are the top graduate schools in various disciplines. Among the magazine’s listings:

In business, Harvard and Stanford Universities tied for the No. 1 spot, followed by the University of Pennsylvania at No. 3. Sharing fourth place were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. In law, Yale University took the top spot, with Harvard and Stanford sharing second place. Columbia University came in fourth and New York University fifth. In medicine, Harvard was ranked No. 1 in research, followed by the Johns Hopkins University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California at San Francisco. (The magazine also ranks medical schools according to the quality of their primary care.) In engineering, MIT was first, with Stanford second and the University of California at Berkeley third. At No. 4 was the Georgia Institute of Technology, and at No. 5 was the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In fine arts, the Rhode Island School of Design beat out Yale for the top ranking. In third place was the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by the Cranbrook Academy of Art and, at No.5, the Maryland Institute College of Art. —Lawrence Biemiller