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    Top 10 Schools For Science
    By Community Connect... | August 8th 2009 11:50 PM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    If you’re serious about pursuing an extended education in science, you may want to set your sights on one of the U.S. campuses that have been identified as having the best science graduate programs. In April, US News&World Report released the results of their 3-year study that ranked the best science schools in the nation.

    Rankings were based on the results of surveys sent to academics in computer science, mathematics, and physics during the fall of 2007, in biological sciences and chemistry during fall 2006, and in other fields during fall 2005. The individuals rated the quality of the program at each institution from "marginal" (1) to "outstanding" (5). The schools with the highest average scores among those who rated them were the sorted in descending order and published.

    Schools were ranked across six high-level disciplines of science, although not all schools were necessarily submitted for evaluation in all disciplines. The six specialties were: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, and Physics. In addition, schools were evaluated and ranked on particular programs within each science, such as theoretical chemistry and nuclear physics.

    So who came out on top? Several universities had a strong showing in one particular science specialty, but the top schools demonstrated high performance in multiple disciplines. Which schools scored the highest across all specialties? Here is the countdown of the top 10:

    10. (tie)     Yale University: New Haven, CT
                        University of Wisconsin: Madison, WI


    Yale University LogoYale University - Combined Ranking: 25.2
    Biological Sciences: 4.5 (Ranked 7th)
    Chemistry: 4.1 (Ranked 15th)
    Computer Science: 3.7 (Ranked 20th)
    Earth Sciences: 4.0 (Ranked 11th)
    Mathematics: 4.6 (Ranked 7th)
    Physics: 4.3 (Ranked 11th)




    Univeristy of Wisconsin, Madison logoUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison – Combined Ranking: 25.2
    Biological Sciences: 4.3 (Ranked 15th)
    Chemistry: 4.5 (Ranked 7th)
    Computer Science: 4.2 (Ranked 11th)
    Earth Sciences: 3.9 (Ranked 15th)
    Mathematics: 4.2 (Ranked 14th)
    Physics: 4.1 (Ranked 16th)


    9.   University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI


    University of Michigan LogoUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Combined Ranking: 25.4
    Biological Sciences: 4.3 (Ranked 15th)
    Chemistry: 4.0 (Ranked 16th)
    Computer Science: 4.0 (Ranked 13th)
    Earth Sciences: 4.4 (Ranked 5th)
    Mathematics: 4.5 (Ranked 9th)
    Physics: 4.2 (Ranked 13th)


    8.   Columbia University: New York, NY


    Columbia University LogoColumbia University – Combined Ranking: 25.7
    Biological Sciences: 4.3 (Ranked 15th)
    Chemistry: 4.3 (Ranked 11th)
    Computer Science: 3.9 (Ranked 16th)
    Earth Sciences: 4.4 (Ranked 5th)
    Mathematics: 4.5 (Ranked 9th)
    Physics: 4.3 (Ranked 11th)


    7.   Cornell University: Ithaca, NY


    Cornell University – Combined Ranking: 26.2
    Biological Sciences: 4.4 (Ranked 12th)
    Chemistry: 4.4 (Ranked 9th)
    Computer Science: 4.5 (Ranked 6th)
    Earth Sciences: 3.9 (Ranked 15th)
    Mathematics: 4.3 (Ranked 13th)
    Physics: 4.7 (Ranked 7th)


    6.  Princeton University: Princeton, NJ

    Princeton University LogoPrinceton University – Combined Ranking: 26.8
    Biological Sciences: 4.4 (Ranked 12th)
    Chemistry: 4.0 (Ranked 16th)
    Computer Science: 4.5 (Ranked 6th)
    Earth Sciences: 4.0 (Ranked 11th)
    Mathematics: 5.0 (Ranked 1st)
    Physics: 4.9 (Ranked 3rd)




    5.  Harvard University: Boston, MA

    Harvard University LogoHarvard University – Combined Ranking: 27.3
    Biological Sciences: 4.7 (Ranked 4th)
    Chemistry: 4.8 (Ranked 5th)
    Computer Science: 3.9 (Ranked 16th)
    Earth Sciences: 4.1 (Ranked 9th)
    Mathematics: 4.9 (Ranked 2nd)
    Physics: 4.9 (Ranked 3rd)


    4.  California Institute of Technology: Pasadena, CA

    California Institute of Technology logoCalifornia Institute of Technology – Combined Ranking: 28.2
    Biological Sciences: 4.7 (Ranked 4th)
    Chemistry: 4.9 (Ranked 1st)
    Computer Science: 4.2 (Ranked 11th)
    Earth Sciences: 4.9 (Ranked 1st)
    Mathematics: 4.6 (Ranked 7th)
    Physics: 4.9 (Ranked 3rd)


    3.  University of California: Berkeley, CA

    Univeristy of California, Berkeley logoUniversity of California, Berkeley – Combined Ranking: 29.1
    Biological Sciences: 4.8 (Ranked 2nd)
    Chemistry: 4.9 (Ranked 1st)
    Computer Science: 5.0 (Ranked 1st)
    Earth Sciences: 4.6 (Ranked 4th)
    Mathematics: 4.9 (Ranked 2nd)
    Physics: 4.9 (Ranked 3rd)


    2.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology logoMassachusetts Institute of Technology – Combined Ranking: 29.4
    Biological Sciences: 4.8 (Ranked 2nd)
    Chemistry: 4.9 (Ranked 1st)
    Computer Science: 5.0 (Ranked 1st)
    Earth Sciences: 4.8 (Ranked 2nd)
    Mathematics: 4.9 (Ranked 2nd)
    Physics: 5.0 (Ranked 1st)


    1.  Stanford University – Stanford, CA


    Stanford University logoStanford University – Combined Ranking: 29.5
    Biological Sciences: 4.9 (Ranked 1st)
    Chemistry: 4.9 (Ranked 1st)
    Computer Science: 5.0 (Ranked 1st)
    Earth Sciences: 4.8 (Ranked 2nd)
    Mathematics: 4.9 (Ranked 2nd)
    Physics: 5.0 (Ranked 1st)

    There you have it – the top 10 graduate schools with the strongest showing in science.   If you’re interested in seeing who almost made the cut, take a look at the table below.   And if you want to take an in-depth look at all of the rankings, be sure to check out the original US News&World Report article.

    As we all know however, it's one thing to have an education in science - and another thing to be able to apply the science you've learned and communicate it to others.  So, based on those criteria, who among these top 10 universities really "knows" their science?  That's a great question, on one that we here at Scientific Blogging are eager to find out.  Stay tuned...

    *UPDATE*
    We've just announced our University Science Writing Competition between these "Top 10" universities.  If you are a grad student currently attending one of these fine institutions, check out the link to find out how you could potentially win our $2,500 Cash Grand Prize!


    Comments

    Hank
    Forbes says West Point is the top undergrad college, heavy in science and engineering, of course.

    I'd agree with that, though my experience was that WP grads took a lot longer to become good officers, prior service enlisted guys being the best right out of the gate, as you'd expect.  Overall I felt like ROTC scholarship officers on average were ahead of West Point in least likelihood of getting someone killed but I may be biased.
    As a Stanford grad in hisory, I got a great grounding in the scientific method. I am very concerned with the politization of science and consider it a threat to our preeminence. Propaganda leads us to fund the wrong things.based on belliefs rather than knowledge. That's no way to run a space program or build a better mousetrap.

    This is a really great top ten list, it's interesting to see that there are three schools from California in the top 4. Anyone can post their own list to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

    It's hard to believe UT Southwestern didn't make the cut.