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Rankings

In recent years, rankings of colleges and universities have proliferated, particularly rankings issued by news media. The relatively small number of rankings by academic organizations focus primarily on graduate and professional education. More complete information can be obtained on the websites of many of these sources.

Altogether, more than 20 graduate and undergraduate areas at Washington University in St. Louis rank in U.S. News top-10 categories and a total of nearly 60 areas hold a top-25 ranking.

Undergraduate Rankings of WUSTL by News Media

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS - NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES: The most recent undergraduate rankings were announced by U.S. News on September 10, 2013, for the 2013-14 academic year.

U.S. News & World Report

2014-15 2013-14
Overall Undergraduate Programs 14 14*
Alumni giving 19 18
Economic diversity nr nr
Faculty resources 12 10
Financial resources 4 3
Freshmen returning for sophomore year 97% 97%
Graduation & retention 10 11
High school counselor ranking 20* 21*
Need-based financial aid awards 32 32
Selectivity 5 9
Great schools, great prices 30 26
Olin School of Business 14 13
Entrepreneurship 19* 15
Finance 12 15
School of Engineering & Applied Science 41* 43*
Biomedical engineering 19* 14

* - tie
npr - not previously ranked

nr - not ranked

 

The Atlantic Monthly

Ranking Year
Overall undergraduate program 11 2003-04
Faculty research productivity (worldwide) 14 2006

 

Black Enterprise

Ranking Year
Top 50 Colleges for African Americans 42 2006

 

BusinessWeek

Ranking Year
Undergraduate business school programs 5 2014
MBA feeder school (# of students admitted to top 35 MBA programs in the U.S.) 1 2013

 

Cosmo Girl

Ranking Year
50 Best Colleges Top 50 2005

 

Entrepreneur Magazine

2011 2009
Olin Business School Entrepreneurship Program 6 14

 

Hall of Fame Magazine

Ranking Year
Top-15 Collegiate Athletic Programs (DIII) 7 2008

 

The Huffington Post & Unigo

Year
The New Ivies: Top 10 Colleges 2012

 

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Ranking Year
Black enrollment - nation's top 50 universities 26 2013
Integrating African-American undergraduates 4 2002-03
Black student college graduation rate 8 2006
Comparative graduation rates of blacks and whites 1 2002-03
Five-year progress in black faculty appointments 1 2002-03

 

Kiplingers Personal Finance

Ranking Year
100 Best values in Private Colleges 19 2013-14

 

Newsweek/Kaplan

Ranking Year
“New Ivies” top 25 2006

 

Newsweek Magazine

Ranking Year
Top 100 Global Universities - International list 33 2006
Top 100 Global Universities - US-only list*
*Note that this is now called "The Daily Beast" after a merger
41 2013

 

The Princeton Review

Ranking Year
Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges 7 2012
Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurs (Skandalaris Center) 8 2013
Best Campus Food 7 2015
Best College Dorms 1 2015
Their Students Love the School 10 2015
Happiest Students 18 2015
Best Quality of Life 11 2015
Best-Run Colleges 10 2015
Quality of Life Rating 98/100 2015
Fire Safety Rating 94/100 2015
Green Rating 97/100 2015
Academic Rating 93/100 2015

 

Reform Judaism

Ranking Year
Private universities most chosen by Jewish students 19 2006

 

Rolling Stone

Ranking Year
Schools that Rock
(ranks both WUSTL and St. Louis)
6 2005

 

Seventeen Magazine

Ranking Year
"The 50 Coolest Colleges" (undergraduate only) 7 2002-03

 

The Times (UK)

Ranking Year
Top 200 World Universities 42 2014

 

Graduate & Professional Rankings of WUSTL by News Media

U.S. News & World Report

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

This is a compilation of all U.S. News graduate and professional rankings of Washington University programs, based on information from the 2014 Guidebook and additional web-based rankings at http://www.usnews.com/. Altogether, 20 graduate and undergraduate areas at Washington University rank in U.S. News top-10 categories and a total of more than 40 areas hold a top-25 ranking.

U.S. News Graduate & Professional Categories

Ranking Year Last Ranked
Graduate School of Art 13* 2012
Painting/Drawing 19* 2008
Printmaking 13 2012
Arts & Sciences  
American Politics 15 2014
Biological Sciences 11* 2014
Chemistry 35* 2014
Clinical Psychology 14* 2012
Cognitive Psychology 8 2013
Creative Writing 10* 1997
Earth Sciences 25* 2014
Economics 27* 2014
Education 45* 2014
English 32* 2014
Geochemistry 17 2010
History 30* 2014
Mathematics 39* 2014
Mathematics analysis 15 2008
Music 60* 2000
Physics 44* 2014
Political Methodology 5 2013
Political Science 13* 2013
Psychology 14* 2013
George Warren Brown School of Social Work 1* 2012
School of Engineering and Applied Science 46* 2015
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical 36* 2014
Biomedical/Bioengineering 11* 2014
Chemical Engineering 39* 2014
Computer Engineering 44* 2014
Computer Science 40* 2010
Electrical/Electronic/Communications 41* 2014
Environmental/Environmental Health 30* 2014
Mechanical Engineering 42* 2014
School of Law 18* 2014
Clinical Training 6 2014
Hiring partner ranking 15* 2012
International Law 18* 2014
Trial advocacy 9* 2014
School of Medicine (comprehensive ranking) 6 2015
Audiology 3* 2013
Biochemistry/Biophysics/Structural Biology 10* 2007
Cell Biology 9 2010
Clinical Psychology 14* 2013
Genetics/Genomics/Bioinformatics 5* 2010
Ecology/Evolutionary Biology 11* 2007
Health Services Administration 17* 2007
Immunology/Infectious Diseases 5* 2010
Internal Medicine 6* 2015
Microbiology 4* 2010
Molecular Biology 12 2010
Neuroscience/Neurobiology 10* 2010
Occupational Therapy 2* 2013
Pediatrics 10* 2015
Physical Therapy 3* 2013
Primary Care 40* 2015
Women's Health 12* 2014
Olin School of Business MBA 22 2015
Executive MBA 12 2014
Part-time MBA 16* 2014
Finance 21 2014

 

Architectural Record

Ranking Year
America's best architecture schools 9 2011

 

BusinessWeek Magazine

Ranking Year
Olin School Professional MBA (Midwest) 4 2007
Olin School Professional MBA (National) 31 2012
Olin Executive MBA - St. Louis (EMBA) 31 2012
Olin Executive MBA - Shanghai (EMBA) 24 2007
Olin School Executive Education (Non-degree) Top 18 2003
Career placement of 2009 full-time MBA grads 2 2009

 

Design Intelligence

Ranking Year
Architecture and Design Programs
(Also reported by Architecture Magazine)
5 2007-8

 

The Economist

Ranking Year
Olin School of Business MBA (USA only) 30 2013
Olin MBA - Worldwide 47 2013
Diversity of recruiters 51 2013
Educational experience 7 2013
Alumni effectiveness 49 2013
Executive education non-degree programs (worldwide) 2* 2006

 

Entrepreneur Magazine

2013 2011
Olin Business School Entrepreneurship Program 8 6

 

Financial Times

Ranking Year
Washington University-Fudan University EMBA (worldwide) 6 2013
Washington University-Fudan University EMBA (China) 1 2006
Olin School MBA (USA ranking) 30 2006
Olin School MBA (worldwide ranking) 64 2014
Faculty research productivity (worldwide ranking) 14 2006

 

Forbes

Ranking Year
Part-time MBA 11 2005

 

Poets & Writers

Ranking Year
Top 50 MFA Programs 9 2012

 

Thomson Reuters

Ranking Year
Alzheimer's research worldwide (citations) 6 2011
Alzheimer's research worldwide (papers) 15 2011
Alzheimer's research worldwide (citations per paper) 13 2011

 

Wall Street Journal

Ranking Year
Olin Business School MBA (regional) 46 2007
Olin Business School EMBA 2 2010

 

POST-DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

The Scientist

Ranking Year
Best universities for post-docs to work 28 2006

 

Rankings of WUSTL by Independent Organizations

Academic Analytics' Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index)

Newly published in January 2007, the Academic Analytics' Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index measures specific data regarding faculty scholarly output, including publications and citations. Altogether, 27 academic areas at Washington University rank in the top-10 categories. The Chronicle of Higher Education published these results in their January 12, 2007, issue and featured WUSTL's number-one ranking for political science on their cover.

Ranking Year
Large Research University - overall ranking 7 2007
Broad Field Rankings
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 2007
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 5* 2007
Humanities 6 2007
Business 7* 2007
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4 2007
Aggregated Field Rankings
Psychology 4 2007
Social Sciences 4 2007
Individual Discipline Rankings
Anthropology 2 2007
Biochemistry 8 2007
Bioinformatics 7 2007
Botany and plant biology 3 2007
Business administration 3 2007
Cell biology 6 2007
Communication sciences and disorders 6 2007
Developmental biology 9 2007
East Asian languages and cultures 10 2007
Ecology and evolutionary biology 1 2007
English 4 2007
Genetics 10 2007
Immunology 6 2007
Kinesiology and exercise science 2 2007
Microbiology 4 2007
Molecular biology 4 2007
Pathology 4 2007
Political science 1 2007
Social work 3 2007

 

Charity Navigator (Independent charity evaluator)

Ranking Year
Sixth consecutive year of Charity Navigator's top rating 4 stars 2012

 

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

  Ranking Year
Number of National Merit Scholars in freshman class 6 2013

 

Peace Corps

  Ranking Year
Number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps
(medium-sized schools)
13 2013

 

Institute of International Education

  Ranking Year
Top world universities 29 2008
Top North & Latin American universities 22 2008

 

Key: * - tie

Last update: August 6, 2014