The best graduate school for education in the United States is UCLA, according to U.S. News and World Report. Two major universities tied for second place honors, The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard. Stanford University and Penn State tied for 4th in education.
The best university to get an MBA is Harvard, said the same report. Next in line under this category is Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Two universities tied for No. 1 law school – Yale University and Stanford.
Harvard maintained its No. 1 position as the best medical school in the nation. John Hopkins was No. 2, and New York University and Stanford tied for third-best medical schools.
The head of the education graduate program at Madison said being named No. 2 was a huge honor for the school. Dean Diana Hess called it “fabulous” to be recognized as one of the best education schools in America. The University of Wisconsin-Madison came in at No. 3 last year. The school has remained in the Top 10 in 19 out of the past 20 years.
Robert Morse is chief data strategist for U.S. News and World Report. He said the methodology for ranking school has evolved considerably over the past few years. Part of the reason for that, he said, is that a lot more data is available now. More data means they can zero in on specific aspects of university programs with greater clarity and accuracy.
Another interesting factor in the ranking system is the new de-emphasis on students’ GPA, GRE and GMAT test scores. Sometimes less than 50% of a new class reports these scores. This lesser amount of data means that taking this information into account diminishes an accurate measure because the low level of data may not be truly representative of the class.