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list of top PhD producing schools.

paul09paul09 Posts: 270Registered User Junior Member
I've seen lists of "top producing PhD schools" on college websites, but I was curious if there are any non-biased sites out there with just facts pertaining to this?


Thanks.
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  • interesteddadinteresteddad Posts: 23,674Registered User Senior Member
    Here's the top 40 undergrad producers of PhDs (as a percentage of total graduates) over the most recent ten year period for which data is available. PhDs awarded between 1995 and 2004.

    The pdf file below gives overall PhDs and just PhDs in science and engineering.

    http://www.swarthmore.edu/Documents/administration/ir/baccorsum1995-2004.pdf

    Here's the top 100, calculated the same way, but from the ten year period one year earlier:
    [B]Percentage of graduates getting a PhD
    Academic field: ALL
    
    PhDs and Doctoral Degrees:
    ten years (1994 to 2003) from NSF database
    
    Number of Undergraduates:
    ten years (1989 to 1998) from IPEDS database
    
    Note: Does not include colleges with less than 1000 graduates over the ten year period. Includes all NSF doctoral degrees inc. PhD, Divinity, etc., but not M.D. or Law.[/b]		
    
    1	35.8%	California Institute of Technology
    2	24.7%	Harvey Mudd College
    3	21.1%	Swarthmore College
    4	19.9%	Reed College
    5	18.3%	Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    6	16.8%	Carleton College
    7	15.8%	Bryn Mawr College
    8	15.7%	Oberlin College
    9	15.3%	University of Chicago
    10	14.5%	Yale University
    11	14.3%	Princeton University
    12	14.3%	Harvard University
    13	14.1%	Grinnell College
    14	13.8%	Haverford College
    15	13.8%	Pomona College
    16	13.1%	Rice University
    17	12.7%	Williams College
    18	12.4%	Amherst College
    19	11.4%	Stanford University
    20	11.3%	Kalamazoo College
    21	11.0%	Wesleyan University
    22	10.6%	St John's College (both campus)
    23	10.6%	Brown University
    24	10.4%	Wellesley College
    25	10.0%	Earlham College
    26	9.6%	Beloit College
    27	9.5%	Lawrence University
    28	9.3%	Macalester College
    29	9.0%	Cornell University, All Campuses
    30	9.0%	Bowdoin College
    31	8.9%	Mount Holyoke College
    32	8.9%	Smith College
    33	8.8%	Vassar College
    34	8.7%	Case Western Reserve University
    35	8.7%	Johns Hopkins University
    36	8.7%	St Olaf College
    37	8.7%	Hendrix College
    38	8.6%	Hampshire College
    39	8.5%	Trinity University
    40	8.5%	Knox College
    41	8.5%	Duke University
    42	8.4%	Occidental College
    43	8.3%	University of Rochester
    44	8.3%	College of Wooster
    45	8.3%	Barnard College
    46	8.2%	Bennington College
    47	8.1%	Columbia University in the City of New York
    48	8.0%	Whitman College
    49	7.9%	University of California-Berkeley
    50	7.9%	College of William and Mary
    51	7.8%	Carnegie Mellon University
    52	7.8%	New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    53	7.7%	Brandeis University
    54	7.6%	Dartmouth College
    55	7.5%	Wabash College
    56	7.5%	Bates College
    57	7.5%	Davidson College
    58	7.2%	Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    59	7.2%	Franklin and Marshall College
    60	7.1%	Fisk University
    61	7.1%	Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)
    62	6.8%	University of California-San Francisco
    63	6.8%	Allegheny College
    64	6.6%	Furman University
    65	6.5%	University of Pennsylvania
    66	6.5%	Washington University
    67	6.5%	Bard College
    68	6.4%	Northwestern Univ
    69	6.4%	Rhodes College
    70	6.3%	Agnes Scott College
    71	6.3%	Spelman College
    72	6.2%	Antioch University, All Campuses
    73	6.2%	Kenyon College
    74	6.2%	University of Dallas
    75	6.1%	Ripon College
    76	6.1%	Colorado College
    77	6.1%	Bethel College (North Newton, KS)
    78	6.0%	Hamilton College
    79	6.0%	Goshen College
    80	6.0%	Middlebury College
    81	6.0%	Erskine College
    82	5.9%	University of the South
    83	5.8%	University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    84	5.8%	Drew University
    85	5.8%	Wake Forest University
    86	5.8%	Tougaloo College
    87	5.8%	Goucher College
    88	5.7%	Chatham College
    89	5.7%	Cooper Union
    90	5.7%	Alfred University, Main Campus
    91	5.7%	Tufts University
    92	5.6%	University of California-Santa Cruz
    93	5.6%	Colgate University
    94	5.5%	Colby College
    95	5.4%	Bucknell University
    96	5.4%	Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    97	5.4%	Concordia Teachers College
    98	5.4%	University of Virginia, Main Campus
    99	5.3%	Sarah Lawrence College
    100	5.3%	Southwestern University
    
  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad Posts: 10,089Registered User Senior Member
    Berkeley has historically granted the most PhDs... therefore, it is the "top producing PhD school"... if that's your question.
  • interesteddadinteresteddad Posts: 23,674Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, in terms of total numbers, UC-Berkeley is still the top. Here's the top 100 in raw numbers of graduates getting PhDs from 1994-2003.
    [B]First number is PhDs awarded. 
    Second number is total graduates over the offset 10-year period.[/B]
    
    4470	56,363	University of California-Berkeley
    3134	53,612	University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    3033	33,736	Cornell University, All Campuses
    2931	61,136	University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    2667	58,176	University of Wisconsin-Madison
    2613	73,365	University of Texas at Austin
    2545	17,855	Harvard University
    2519	79,507	Pennsylvania State U, Main Campus
    2454	54,970	University of California-Los Angeles
    2078	11,348	Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2049	57,165	Brigham Young University, Main Campus
    1970	52,518	University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
    1917	67,393	Michigan State University
    1894	16,662	Stanford University
    1877	12,941	Yale University
    1876	69,239	Ohio State University, Main Campus
    1863	57,978	University of Florida
    1829	38,488	University of California-Davis
    1770	68,093	Texas A&M University Main Campus
    1688	25,853	University of Pennsylvania
    1654	53,192	Purdue University, Main Campus
    1624	30,559	University of California-San Diego
    1607	51,837	Rutgers the State Univ of NJ New Brunswick
    1592	51,689	University of Maryland at College Park
    1585	11,101	Princeton University
    1580	61,290	University of Washington - Seattle
    1575	51,040	Indiana University at Bloomington
    1567	29,049	University of Virginia, Main Campus
    1554	14,669	Brown University
    1510	41,410	University of Colorado at Boulder
    1453	35,755	University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    1386	39,199	Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
    1356	45,998	University of Arizona
    1313	15,531	Duke University
    1273	19,770	Northwestern Univ
    1265	39,705	University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    1263	8,270	University of Chicago
    1251	39,182	University of California-Santa Barbara
    1209	21,761	University of California-Santa Cruz
    1169	31,600	SUNY at Buffalo
    1164	38,894	Iowa State University
    1144	34,586	Boston University
    1138	35,343	University of Iowa
    1110	51,180	Florida State University
    1107	7,067	Oberlin College
    1101	13,622	Columbia University in the City of New York
    1086	34,660	University of Missouri, Columbia
    1077	29,534	University of California-Irvine
    1034	22,853	University of PR Rio Piedras Campus
    1011	45,641	University of Georgia
    1005	12,784	College of William and Mary
    985	62,660	Arizona State University Main
    983	11,830	University of Rochester
    983	19,161	University of Notre Dame
    978	28,839	University of Nebraska at Lincoln
    952	33,232	University of Kansas, Main Campus
    951	33,250	University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    929	36,418	North Carolina State University at Raleigh
    921	30,609	University of Delaware
    904	34,763	Miami University, All Campuses
    897	13,887	Washington University
    881	31,176	University of Pittsburgh Main Campus
    847	32,432	Colorado State University
    844	31,094	Louisiana State Univ & Agric & Mechanical Col
    842	6,432	Rice University
    842	30,099	New York University
    834	32,735	University of Utah
    817	10,684	Dartmouth College
    814	50,140	San Diego State University
    805	9,260	Johns Hopkins University
    794	50,222	University of South Florida
    793	22,484	SUNY at Binghamton
    786	37,770	Auburn University, Main Campus
    780	7,081	Wesleyan University
    775	25,288	SUNY at Albany
    770	3,657	Swarthmore College
    766	4,561	Carleton College
    764	30,443	University of Connecticut
    757	18,825	Georgia Institute of Technology, Main Campus
    756	21,633	Baylor University
    752	46,872	Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
    751	21,999	SUNY at Stony Brook, All Campuses
    738	2,059	California Institute of Technology
    736	9,428	Carnegie Mellon University
    718	23,986	University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus
    712	9,834	Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    702	12,422	Tufts University
    699	15,251	Georgetown University
    692	26,724	Oklahoma State University, All Campuses
    692	32,825	University of Southern California
    690	28,573	University of Kentucky
    687	29,602	University of Cincinnati, All Campuses
    683	28,782	University of Oregon
    680	30,192	University of South Carolina at Columbia
    678	33,142	Texas Tech University
    674	24,097	University of New Mexico, All Campuses
    667	34,167	Ohio University, All Campuses
    664	33,342	Temple University
    647	32,560	University of Houston
    644	5,082	Williams College
    
  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad Posts: 10,089Registered User Senior Member
    ^ Thanks...I was looking for that.

    BYU is kind of a surprise...
  • vonlostvonlost Posts: 13,754Super Moderator Senior Member
    I believe this is derived from the original HEDS (HEDS Date Sharing Projects) data:

    http://server1.fandm.edu/departments/CollegeRelations/BacOrigins/BacOrg98.pdf

    The report is 10 years old; does anyone know of a newer version?
  • interesteddadinteresteddad Posts: 23,674Registered User Senior Member
    The tables I posted cover PhDs granted from 1994 through 2003 with college graduates covering a 10 year period offset five years earlier.

    The Swarthmore PDF I linked is one year newer than that covering PhDs granted through 2004. I believe that's the most most recent data publicly available in the NSF and IPEDs databases. There's a bit of lag in updating the databases.

    The data is covers periods ending eight (or nine) years later than the Franklin & Marshall report. The F&M report is very interesting for historical data going back to the begining of the NSF's annual tracking of PhDs in 1920.
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