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New USNWR rankings (Stat and Biostat ranked separately)

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Hi GradCafe frequenters! It has been over 7 months since I last logged in (apologies to anyone who may have messaged me and I didn't respond!). I wanted to let y'all know that the new USNWR rankings have been released, and this year, the Statistics and Biostatistics graduate programs have been ranked SEPARATELY:


USNWR rankings in Statistics (101 schools): https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/statistics-rankings

USNWR rankings in Biostatistics (65 schools): https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/biostatistics-rankings


I believe this is more helpful to separate the two, because depending on interests, some prospective PhD students may only want to apply to one type of PhD program or the other.


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I find it interesting to hear people's thoughts on changes in ranking over time, so here is this year's list in the same format as the 2018 discussion thread. The most obvious change is how many more programs were ranked this time around.


1. Stanford University
2. University of California--Berkeley
3-4. Harvard University, University of Chicago (tied)
5-6. Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University (tied)
7-10. Duke University, University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington (tied)
11-12. North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (tied)
13-18 Cornell University, Texas A&M University--College Station, University of California--Davis, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin--Madison, Yale University (tied)
19-21. Iowa State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California--Los Angeles (tied)
22-23. Purdue University--West Lafayette, University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign (tied)
24-25. Ohio State University, Rutgers University--New Brunswick (tied)
26. University of Florida
27-28. University of California--Irvine, University of Texas--Austin (tied)
29. Rice University
30-34. Colorado State University, Florida State University, Michigan State University, University of Connecticut, University of Iowa (tied)
35-36. University of Georgia, University of Pittsburgh (tied)
37-40. New York University, Northwestern University, University of Missouri--Columbia, Virginia Tech (tied)
41-44. Boston University, George Washington University, University of California--San Diego (tied)
44-48. Temple University, University of California--Riverside, University of California--Santa Barbara, University of California--Santa Cruz, University of Virginia (tied)
49-50. Arizona State University, University of Rochester (tied)
51-53. University of Illinois--Chicago, University of Massachusetts--Amherst, University of South Carolina (tied)
54-60. George Mason University, Indiana University--Bloomington, Oregon State University, SMU, University of Arizona, University of Maryland--Baltimore County, Washington University in St. Louis (tied)
61-62. Clemson University, University of Notre Dame (tied)
63-65. Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky (tied)
66-69. Baylor University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Texas--Dallas (tied)
70-71. University of Colorado--Denver, University of North Carolina--Charlotte (tied)
72-78. Binghamton University--SUNY, Bowling Green State University, Lehigh University, University of Central Florida, University of New Mexico, Washington State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (tied)
79-81. Auburn University, University of Texas--San Antonio, Utah State University (tied)
82-85. Montana State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Northern Illinois University, University of Alabama (tied)
86-91. Marquette University, Oklahoma State University, Portland State University, University of Arkansas, University of North Carolina--Greensboro, University of South Florida (tied)
92. Central Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Old Dominion University, University of Nevada--Reno (tied)
96-98. South Dakota State University, University of Toledo, Western Michigan University (tied)
99-101. North Dakota State University, Oakland University, University of Northern Colorado (tied)


1-2. Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University (tied)
3. University of Washington
4. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
5. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
6. University of Pennsylvania
7-8. Columbia University, University of California--Berkeley (tied)
9-10. University of California--Los Angeles, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (tied)
11-12. Emory University, University of Wisconsin--Madison (tied)
13-17. Brown University, Duke University, University of Texas MD Anderson, Vanderbilt University, Yale University (tied)
18. Boston University
19. University of Pittsburgh
20. University of Iowa
21-23. Ohio State University, University of Florida, University of Rochester (tied)
24-25. Rice University, University of California--Davis (tied)
26-27. University of Colorado--Denver, University of Texas Health Science Center--Houston (tied)
28-30. Case Western Reserve University, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, University of Illinois--Chicago (tied)
31-33. Medical University of South Carolina, University of Alabama--Birmingham, University of Massachusetts--Amherst (tied)
34-40. Drexel University, Georgetown University, Medical College of Wisconsin, NYU College of Global Public Health, Rutgers University--Piscataway, University of California--San Diego, University of Southern California (tied)
41-43. Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis/Indiana University School of Medicine, Michigan State University, NYU Langone Health (tied)
44-48. Indiana University--Bloomington, Tulane University, University at Buffalo--SUNY, University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University (tied)
49-51. Temple University, University of Miami, University of South Carolina (tied)
52-54. Florida State University, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kentucky (tied)
55. University of Cincinnati
56-58. University of Arizona, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (tied)
59-60. Georgia Southern University, University of Louisville (tied)
61-62. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center--New Orleans, University at Albany--SUNY (tied)
63. University of Mississippi Medical Center
64-65. Augusta University, Florida International University (tied)

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13 hours ago, Cofcof said:

Thank you for the information. I would like to ask opinions about the places where are not included on this list such as Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, UMCP or any other schools. 

You just have to look at the individual faculty then - none of those programs you listed have a large core of statisticians actively doing research.  JHU had some successful students from one particular advisor.  Georgia Tech is an industrial engineering degree and you can't even easily find who is a statistician on their website. Maryland has some theoretical people but most are pretty old, not sure if they are still very active, though they have some younger faculty too.

I can't think of a math/applied math department besides Notre Dame (which is on the list) that has enough statisticians to consider attending without an advisor picked beforehand 


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couple things that i have noticed different from the 2018 rankings that may be worth pointing out, and these things may or may not be true

1) the number of schools being ranked increased by a lot, 101 schools in statistics only, and 65 biostats schools. I believe in 2018, it was close to 90 schools biostats and stats combined.

2) the statistics rankings did not move for the most part from 2018. schools fell and rose, but nothing really went down a lot, nothing really went up a lot, relatively speaking.

schools like JHU which was previously ranked in 2018 are no longer ranked on this list, possibly for reasons as bayessays listed.

also, the last time rankings came out was in 2018 as mentioned, and now its 2022. in other disciplines, it seems that they were ranked more frequently. Any idea why rankings come out less frequently in (bio)statistics or am I just imagining things?

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