SESP Ranks Number 8

SESP Ranks Number 8

US News and World Report 2017 ranking #8Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) ranks number eight among the nation’s graduate schools of education, according to the new 2017 ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

SESP consistently ranks among the top graduate schools nationwide.

Student selectivity remains a defining characteristic for SESP, with the fifth most selective doctoral acceptance rate of all graduate schools of education. Also, SESP students post the fifth-highest mean verbal GRE score.

Research activity and faculty resources are further strengths of SESP since the School is distinguished by a high amount of funded research per faculty member and a low student/faculty ratio. Research funding was $763,300 per faculty member in 2015—the sixth highest. The ratio of doctoral students to full-time faculty members was 1:1.9.

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, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity. The most weight is given to the quality assessments, which account for 40 percent of the score.

The top 10 education schools for 2016, according to U.S. News, are as follows:
1. Stanford University
2. Harvard University (tie)
2. Johns Hopkins (tie)
4. University of Wisconsin–Madison
5. Vanderbilt University
6. University of Pennsylvania
7. Teacher’s College–Columbia University
8. Northwestern University (tie)
8. University of Washington (tie)
10. University of Texas–Austin

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/28/16