U.S. News will unveil the 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings — including new rankings based on statistical and reputation data for business, law, education, engineering, medical and nursing programs — on March 12. The data…
The data used in the rankings and that will be displayed on usnews.com are based on in-depth statistical surveys conducted in fall 2018 and early 2019 of each program in these six largest graduate disciplines. There will also be detailed explanations of each ranking that can be accessed in the ranking methodologies section of the website.
The statistical data that schools report to U.S. News can be used to compare factors such as enrollment; ethnicity breakdown; acceptance rates; scores of the most recently enrolled class on the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT; student-faculty ratios; amount of research conducted at medical schools; bar passage rates; and career-related information for graduates of law and business programs, such as starting salaries and job placement success upon graduation.
U.S. News stresses that the rankings themselves should not be used as the sole basis to decide to attend one graduate program or school over another. Prospective students should consider other factors as well, like a school’s course offerings, department culture, the total cost to obtain the degree, debt after graduation, the advising or mentoring a student can expect to receive, the school’s location and campus life.