Hmmm

got this cute email from the dept chair:

Graduate Programs is pleased to announce its Spring 2014 Rankings of the Top Mathematics Graduate Programs according to students, enumerating the best graduate programs in the country in a variety of fields based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on graduateprograms.com.

Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between September 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014, encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in over 1,600 graduate programs nationwide. Ratings are based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

For a copy of our Top 25 Rankings Badge & Seal, please click on the link.

For specific rankings for Engineering, please click on Mathematics Rankings.

The Top 25 Mathematics Grad Programs are listed below:

1 Harvard University
2 Columbia University NY
3 University of Washington Seattle
4 Princeton University
5 The University of Texas at Austin
6 Brown University
7 University of Louisville
8 Texas A&M University
9 Cornell University
10 Louisiana State University
11 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
12 University of Maryland College Park
13 University of Delaware
14 Oregon State University
15 Rutgers University-New Brunswick
16 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
17 University of Central Florida
18 Texas Tech University
19 California State University Long Beach
20 University of Wisconsin-Madison
21 Arizona State University
22 The University of Chicago
23 Northwestern University
24 University of California-Berkeley
25 The Ohio State University

sketchy, right? Then it got even sketchier when it announced its methodology:

METHODOLOGY
Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms.

Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network

I feel tempted to reply and tell him this ranking only tells you which school’s math grad students are on facebook the most. But I think it’s a pretty worthwhile survey – especially if you were a graduate student interested in quality of life and education over things like reputation, then hearing from current students would be most helpful.

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