New rankings that academics love to hate

usn_logoU.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of U.S. graduate schools in its May issue. The annual rankings are the bane of college deans and presidents. They almost universally revile them, but they can’t resist them either. And, like it or not, students consider them when applying for programs.

Here is how graduate programs at Catholic colleges and universities fared:

Catholic law schools make out like bandits. In the top 100 listed, Georgetown comes in at No. 14, followed by Notre Dame at 23; Boston College at 26; Fordham at 40; the University of San Diego and Villanova tied at 61; Loyola Marymount at 71; Seattle and Seton Hall tied at 77; Santa Clara at 85; De Paul, Loyola Chicago, Marquette and St. John’s sharing the 87 spot; The Catholic University of America and St. Louis tied at 94; San Francisco at 98; and Gonzaga at 100.

The magazine this year looks at law school diversity. Notable on the list is St. Thomas in Florida with a 33 percent Hispanic student body. Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco — all in California — have student bodies that are, respectively, 28, 24 and 18 percent Asian-American. St. Mary’s in Texas is 26 percent Hispanic.

Catholic business schools have three in the top 50. Georgetown’s McDonough ranks 19th, Notre Dame’s Mendoza come in at 33 and the Carroll School of Boston College ranks 44th.

There are only a handful of Catholic medical schools in the United States Only Georgetown ranked this year in the top 50 research university medical schools, coming in at 39. No Catholic medical school ranked in the top 50 for primary-care training.

In other areas of graduate education, Boston College ranked No. 19 in the top 25 education schools and Georgetown made No. 14 on schools of public affairs.

U.S. News & World Report uses an elaborate methodology for rankings, and those criteria change every year. Check out its Web site for an explanation and a complete listing of all ranked programs.

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One Response to New rankings that academics love to hate

  1. M.L.Welz says:

    Can’t wait for Notre Dame tobe taken off Catholic College list. Parents will do this naturally without rankings.
    Georgetown moved the crosses.
    Obama is a troubled adult.

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