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FYI: Department Rankings and Special Programs

Sam LeeSam Lee 9273 replies176 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
edited November 2013 in Northwestern University
I notice that many perspective students don't really know what NU is known for or what strong programs NU has. So I put together two lists that should give you some idea. While graduate ranking may not necessarily reflect the quality of undergrad program, it is good enough to the extent of answering "what is it known for?".

USN ranking / USN ranking among privates
Humanities & Social Sciences
Economics 9th / 7th
English 19th / 12th
History 17th / 11th
Poli Sci 21st / 12th
Psychology 22nd / 13th
Sociology 11th / 6th

Math & Sciences
Bio Sci 29th / 16th
Chemistry 9th / 6th
Comp Sci 39th / 15th
Earth Sci 31st / 14th
Math 18th / 12th
Physics 26th / 11th

Engineering
Biomedical 13th / 8th
Chemical 15th / 6th
Civil 13th / 6th
Computer 25th / 12th
Electrical 34th / 13th
Environmental 19th / 7th
Industrial/Management Sci 5th / 2nd
Material 3rd / 2nd
Mechanical 12th / 6th

Education
12th / 6th

Professional Schools
Business: 4th
Law: 9th
Medicine: 20th

USN doesn't rank languages, journalism, art history, music...etc.
edited November 2013
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