SESP Ranks Number Seven

SESP Ranks Number Seven


Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) ranks number seven among graduate schools of education in the nation, according to the new 2016 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. SESP has consistently ranked among the top graduate schools nationwide.

Student selectivity remains a defining characteristic of SESP, with the seventh lowest acceptance rate of all graduate schools of education. SESP also posts the third highest mean quantitative GRE score of all graduate schools of education.

SESP is distinguished by a high amount of funded research per faculty member and a low student/faculty ratio. Research funding was $741,400 per faculty member in 2014. The ratio of doctoral students to full-time faculty members is 2:1.

Northwestern has maintained its high overall ranking despite having the smallest school 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, acceptance rate, funded research and student/faculty ratio. The most weight is given to student selectivity, including GRE scores and acceptance rate.

The top 10 education schools for 2016, according to U.S. News, are as follows:

1. Johns Hopkins University
2. Harvard University
3. Stanford University (tie)
3. Vanderbilt University (tie)
5. University of Wisconsin–Madison
6. University of Washington
7. Northwestern University (tie)
7. Teacher’s College–Columbia University (tie)
7. University of Pennsylvania (tie)
10. University of Texas–Austin

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/18/15