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National Rankings

Every year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the nation’s best colleges and graduate programs, and the world’s best universities. The list below shows its ranking of graduate programs in the School of Humanities and Sciences, based on an analysis of more than 12,000 programs nationwide.

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  • Discipline
    Biological Sciences (shared with Harvard, MIT)
    Psychology
    Statistics
    English (shared with Harvard)
    Political Science (shared with Princeton)
    Physics (shared with Cal Tech, Harvard, Princeton, UC-Berkeley)
    Chemistry (shared with Harvard)
    History (shared with Harvard, UChicago)
    Sociology (shared with UMichigan-Ann Arbor)
    Mathematics (shared with UChicago)
    Economics (shared with UMichigan-Ann Arbor)

National Research Council Rankings

In 2010, the National Research Council (NRC), the working arm of the National Academies, also released a report, based on a survey of doctoral programs in the United States.

This assessment included ratings for 47 of Stanford’s programs. The report, conducted between 2005 and 2010, evaluates the quality of 4,838 research doctoral programs at 212 universities nationwide. Several H&S programs and departments received top rankings.

This study, conducted roughly every decade, uses a complex methodology and statistical analysis to measure what the NRC considers to be indicators of program quality. Rather than listing programs in numerical order, the assessment gives each program five ratings: two overall measures, and one each for research activity, student support and outcomes, and diversity of the academic environment. Learn more about the NRC assessment.