University of Michigan graduate schools maintain top rankings
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The medical, law and education schools each rose in the rankings, while the business and engineering schools each slipped a spot.
U.S. News released its 2014 edition of "Best Graduate Schools" Tuesday.
- College of Engineering: 2014: 9th, 2013: 8th, 2012: 9th
- Stephen M. Ross School of Business: 2014: 14th, 2013: 13th, 2012: 14th
- Medical School research: 2014: 8th, 2013: 10th, 2012: 10th
- Medical School primary care: 2014: 8th, 2013: 8th, 2012: 20th
- Law School: 2014: 9th, 2013: 10th, 2012: 7th
- School of Education: 2014:11th, 2013: 12th, 2012: 14th
In the fall, U.S. News ranked U-M 29th nationally for undergraduate education.
U.S. News uses admissions selectivity and expert opinions on program quality, and in some cases job-placement statistics and graduates' salary, to determine the rankings.
U.S. News dubbed Yale University as the top law school. The 2014 edition ranked Harvard University as the top medical school for research and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the best medical school for primary care. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ranked as having the best engineering program and Vanderbilt is ranked as having the best education program. Harvard and Stanford universities are tied as having the best business school.
While teaching a class on the university budget in the fall, U-M Provost Philip Hanlon said that while prospective students and alums pay attention to rankings, the school does not evaluate its success based on its performance in various rankings.
U.S. News also revisited programs it hadn't ranked since 2009.
- Economics: 13th
- English: 13th
- History: 7th
- Political Science: 4th
- Psychology: 4th
- Sociology: 4th
- Library and Information Studies: 4th
It also ranked online programs for the first time, placing U-M's online engineering program 5th.
Correction: The original article incorrectly listed the medical school as the top ranked U-M graduate school.