Find the Graduate School That’s Right for You – Graduate School Guide

17 Nov

We created profiles of over 4900 doctoral programs across 59 fields to help you evaluate and decide on a school to attend.

Our site breaks down into three sections:

Rankings: We allow students to rank programs based on their own preferences. Students can select from over 20 department characteristics, weigh them individually, and we’ll then generate a unique ranking report for you. All of the available data is based from the National Research Council’s most recent assessment of doctoral programs. Beyond our custom rankings, we also present the NRC’s rankings for the same programs, which acts as a useful reference.

Accurate program data: We compiled all the major government sources of data and every possible data point for each program. This includes expenses, student outcomes, department resources, published output, and cohort demographics. In addition to rankings, this data should help you pick a program.

Resources for students: We handpicked the most useful articles published around the internet that offers advice for graduate students. These are organized in sections ranging from career advice to postdoctoral life.

To learn more about the data sources we used and how to navigate through the NRC’s doctoral assessment, please read our About Page.

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Data Sources

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data SystemIPEDS is an annual, comprehensive set of surveys of all colleges and universities in the United States. The surveys are conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.National Research CouncilThe National Research Council conducts periodic assessments of doctoral programs in the United States. Our data comes from the most recent assessment in 2010.Survey of Earned DoctoratesThe NSF/NIH/NEH/USED/USDA/NASA Survey of Earned Doctorates is an annual survey of all new recipients of doctorates from US universities at graduation. The average of the response rates for the 2000-2004 surveys was 92%.Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and EngineeringThe Survey is an annual assessment of the number and characteristics of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in science, engineering, and health-related fields It is conducted by the National Science Foundation.


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