U.S. News Ranks SESP Number 9 in the Nation

U.S. News Ranks SESP Number 9 in the Nation

Us News and World Report Ranking

Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) ranks number nine in the nation, according to the new 2013 ranking of graduate schools of education by U.S.News & World Report. For the past 12 years, SESP has consistently ranked among the top 10 schools nationwide.

SESP posted the highest combined average for GRE scores of all U.S. graduate schools of education. Doctoral students' quantitative scores averaged 747, and verbal scores averaged 652.

SESP is distinguished by a high amount of funded research per faculty member and a low student/faculty ratio. Research funding was $414,300 per faculty member in 2011.

The ratio of doctoral students to full-time faculty members is 2.1:1, which is the best ratio among the top 10 schools. It is also the SESP's best ratio ever.

SESP maintained its high overall ranking despite being the smallest of all the schools of education in the top 10. Larger schools are able to earn more points in categories such as total research dollars and number of doctorates granted.

The U.S. News ranking is based on indicators including assessments by education school deans and school superintendents, GRE scores, selectivity, funded research and student/faculty ratio. The most weight is given to the quality assessment by education school and graduate school deans.

The top 10 education schools for 2013, according to U.S. News, are as follows:

  1. Vanderbilt University
  2. Harvard University
  3. University of Texas-Austin
  4. Stanford University
  5. Teachers College at Columbia University
  6. Johns Hopkins University
  7. University of California-Los Angeles
  8. University of Oregon
  9. Northwestern University
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Wisconsin

Read details on the methodology here.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/26/12