2015 Best Law Schools by U.S. News

Ready for this year’s U.S. News best law school rankings? Let’s jump right in!

Download your free copy of The Law School Admissions Guide!2015 Best Law Schools

1. Yale

2. Harvard

3. Stanford

4. Columbia

4. Chicago

6. NYU

7. UPenn

8. UVA

9. UC Berkeley

10. Duke 2015

Best Part-Time Law Schools

1. Georgetown

2. George Washington University

3. Fordham University

4. George Mason University

5. Loyola Marymount University

6. University Connecticut

7. Lewis & Clark College – Northwestern

7. Southern Methodist University – Dedman

7. University of Maryland – Carey

10. Temple University – Beasley

10. University of Houston

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2015 Best Medical Schools by U.S. News

Ready to see how U.S. News ranked the best medical schools in the U.S.? Here we go!

Check out our Medical School Admissions 101 pages.2015 Best Medical Schools for Research

1. Harvard
2. Stanford
3. Johns Hopkins
4. UC San Francisco
4. UPenn Perelman
6. Washington University (St. Louis)
7. Yale
8. Columbia
8. Duke
10. University of Washington

2015 Best Medical Schools for Primary Care

1. University of Washington
2. UNC  Chapel Hill
3. Oregon Health and Science University
4. UC San Francisco
5. UMass Worcester
6. University of Minnesota
6. University of Nebraska Medical Center
8. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
9. Michigan state University College of Osteopathic Medicine
9. University of Wisconsin – Madison
11. Harvard

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2015 Best Business Schools Ranked by U.S. News

Check out our MBA Admissions 101 pages!U.S. News released its annual best b-school rankings, and we’re here to provide all the top rankings all in one spot!

2015 Best MBA Programs (last year’s rank in parentheses)

1. Harvard Business School (1)
1. Stanford GSB (2)
1. Wharton (3)
4. Chicago Booth (6)
5. MIT Sloan (4)
6. Northwestern Kellogg (4)
7. UC Berkeley – Haas (7)
8. Columbia (8)
9. Dartmouth Tuck (9)
10. NYU Stern (10)

2015 Best Executive MBA Programs (last year’s rank in parentheses)

1. Wharton (1)
2. Chicago Booth (2)
3. Northwestern Kellogg (3)
4. Duke Fuqua (4)
5. Columbia (4)
6. NYU Stern (6)
7. Michigan Ross (8)
8. UCLA Anderson (7)
9. UC Berkeley – Haas (10)
9. UNC Kenan-Flagler (9)
11. USC Marshall

2015 Best Part-Time MBA Programs (last year’s rank in parentheses)

1. UC Berkeley – Haas (1)
2. Chicago Booth (2)
3. Northwestern Kellogg (3)
4. NYU Stern (4)
4. UCLA Anderson (5)
6. Texas McCombs (7)
7. Michigan Ross (6)
8. Indiana Kelley (9)
9. Ohio State Fisher (8)
10. CMU Tepper (9)

Wondering how much rankings should play a roll in determining where you apply? Watch the video below for Linda Abraham’s answer:

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The 10 Toughest Med Schools to Get Into

U.S. News posted a list of the most selective med schools, 10 medical programs that have an average acceptance rate of 3.3%.

Here are the toughest med schools to get into, plus a few stats about their acceptance rates:

Med School                                No. of Applicants No. of Acceptances Acceptance Rate US News Rank  (Research) US News Rank  (Primary Care)
 George Washington University (DC) 14,700 316  2.1%  57  Ranked in bottom 1/4
 Mayo Medical School (MN)        4,081 85  2.1%  27  19
 Stanford University (CA)  6,810  189  2.8%  2  62
 Wake Forest University (NC)  8,161  256  3.1%  45  19
 Brown University – Alpert (RI)  6,782  228  3.4%  31  24
 Georgetown University (DC)       11,733  398  3.4%  48  72
 Harvard University (MA)  5,804  226  3.9%  1  14
 UC San Francisco (CA)  6,926  273  3.9%  4  4
 Columbia University (NY)  7,466  309  4.1%  8  49
 UCLA Geffen (CA)  6,771  279  4.1%  13  11

See the U.S. News article for more details.

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U.S. News’ 2013 Best EMBA Programs

Next up in our recent explosion of b-school rankings posts is the U.S. News’ 2013 Executive MBA rankings. As always, please see our list of resources at the bottom for more information on these rankings and on rankings in general.

Ranked #13: Stanford University. Stanford doesn’t have an Executive MBA program.

Ranked #13: Stanford.
Stanford doesn’t have an Executive MBA program.

2013 Top 10 EMBA Programs

1. UPenn Wharton
2. Chicago Booth
3. Northwestern Kellogg
4. Columbia
5. Duke Fuqua
6. NYU Stern
7. UCLA Anderson
8. Michigan Ross
9. UNC Kenan-Flagler
10. UC Berkeley Haas

This year’s U.S. News Executive MBA rankings offer an excellent reason to view rankings with skepticism. The reason is not so much because I disagree or agree with the information provided above, but because of the program ranked #13: Stanford University.

Stanford doesn’t have an Executive MBA program.

The closest it has is the Stanford Sloan Fellows program, which is aimed at older, middle managers, but it is not an EMBA program. EMBA programs typically are part-time programs where participants continue to work full-time. Stanford Sloan Fellows study in a full-time, one-year Masters in Management program. They do not even earn an MBA.

To the extent you use these rankings (or other rankings), do so with caution, skepticism, and a large dose of salt. Rank programs based on what’s important to you.


Medical School Rankings: What Are They Worth?

Medical School Rankings

Can a top medical school open the door to a top residency program?

Last week, US News and World Report released their list of the 2014 Best Medical Schools (designed for applicants to the Class of 2014). Their rankings are not at all surprising – in primary care, nine of the top 10 are still holding strong, with only the University of Alabama Birmingham rising from last year’s #12 rank (replacing UCLA); the top 12 programs for research stayed the same, with a bit of shuffling in the ranks.

Not that these lists of so-called “best” medical schools are ever surprising. Based on such factors as admission statistics, research dollars, and students entering primary care fields (see their full ranking methodology), the rankings are to a large extent self-perpetuating. Highly ranked schools attract more applications, therefore boosting their selectivity by decreasing the ratio of “accepted” applicants while raising MCAT and GPA scores. Likewise, established research programs are more likely to receive continued funding, which feeds into higher research rankings.

Further, the data is highly suspect, as medical deans have pointed out. For instance, one of USNWR’s measures is based on residency program directors’ impressions of each medical school, but historically the majority of directors have declined to participate; last year only 17% participated in the USNWR survey. In fact, the AAMC still refers applicants to a 2001 critique of the USNWR rankings, which concludes that they “have no practical value and fail to meet standards of journalistic ethics.”

So what, if anything, do these rankings mean to the medical school hopeful? Besides the bragging rights a medical school gets for a top slot, is the medical education they offer any better? And is a med student’s shot at a top residency significantly improved by attending a “top 10” school?

In business and law schools, career success – and commensurate salaries – is reflected in large part by school rankings. A Harvard MBA opens doors to Fortune 100 companies that are closed to graduates of lesser known programs. Medical education does not work like this, no matter how hard U.S. News and World Report tries to shove it into the same mold. The future of a medical student’s career depends on the choice of specialty and residency. An orthopedic surgeon with a degree from Podunk School of Medicine will probably make significantly more than a GP from Harvard.

Can a top medical school open the door to a top residency program? Opinions vary – and naturally, it’s the top programs who claim it does, while lower-tier programs claim it makes no difference. Fortunately we have hard data to settle this dispute. Each year, the NRMP publishes the NRMP Program Director Survey Results and asks what factors influence the decision to interview a particular candidate. The reputation of the medical school always ranks around 50%; in the latest report, it was the 23rd most important consideration, far below the top three factors: the Step 1 score, letters of recommendation from within the specialty, and the applicant’s personal statement.

So in the end, does a top ranking or a program’s reputation never matter? Of course not. Residency selection is subjective and program directors often trust their alma maters or networks to supply candidates. But the question is whether rankings like this one from USNWR are something you need to worry about as you apply to medical school.

The “best” medical schools, in my opinion, are those that are accredited, that offer the clinical and research opportunities you want, and that produce competitive residents who match. No matter what USNWR says, if you can win a seat at one of the many outstanding allopathic or osteopathic programs in the U.S., your future in medicine is bright.

Cydney Foote

By , Accepted consultant and author of Write Your Way to Medical School, who has helped future physicians craft winning applications since 2001.

2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings

Law School RankingsU.S. News released their 2014 law schools rankings. Here are the rankings for the top 10 full-time and part-time programs:

Top 10 Full-Time Law Schools in 2014

1. Yale University
2. Harvard University
3. Stanford University
4. Columbia University
5. University of Chicago
6. New York University
7. University of Pennsylvania
8. University of Virginia
9. University of California – Berkeley
10. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Top 10 Part-Time Law Schools in 2014

1. Georgetown University
2. George Washington University
3. Fordham University
4. George Mason University
5. University of Connecticut
6. Loyola Marymount University
7. Loyola University Chicago
8. University of Maryland – Carey
9. Lewis & Clark College – Northwestern
10. American University – Washington
11. University of San Diego

Links for more info:

- About the Rankings Methodologies (U.S. News)
In Photos: Law Schools (U.S. News)
Law School Rankings & Their Repercussions (Accepted.com)
Law School Rankings: What Do They Mean to You? (Accepted.com)


2014 U.S. News MBA Rankings

U.S. News
published their 2014 best business schools rankings, and we’re here to provide you with the scoop! Below are the rankings and then some additional links for your reference.

Top 20 U.S. Business Schools (Full-Time)

MBA Rankings: What You Need to Know1. Harvard Business School
2. Stanford Graduate School of Business
3. UPenn Wharton
4. MIT Sloan
4. Northwestern Kellogg
6. Chicago Booth
7. UC Berkeley
8. Columbia Business School
9. Dartmouth Tuck
10. NYU Stern
11. Duke Fuqua
12. UVA Darden
13. Yale School of Management
14. UCLA Anderson
14. Michigan Ross
16. Cornell Johnson
17. Texas McCombs
18. Emory Goizueta
19. CMU Tepper
20. UNC Kenan-Flagler

Top 10 Part-Time MBA Programs

1. UC Berkeley Haas
2. Chicago Booth
3. Northwestern Kellogg
4. NYU Stern
5. UCLA Anderson
6. Michigan Ross
7. Texas McCombs
8. Ohio State Fisher
9. CMU Tepper
9. Indiana Kelley

Top 10 Executive MBA Programs

1. UPenn Wharton
2. Chicago Booth
3. Northwestern Kellogg
4. Columbia Business School
4. Duke Fuqua
6. NYU Stern
7. UCLA Anderson
8. Michigan Ross
9. UNC Kenan-Flagler
10. UC Berkeley Haas

Links for more info:

About the Rankings Methodologies (U.S. News)
In Photos: Best B-Schools (U.S. News)
MBA Programs Evolve to Meet Student Needs (U.S. News)
Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Selecting the Right One (Accepted.com special report)
MBA Rankings: What You Need to Know (Accepted.com special report)


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2013 College Rankings Released by U.S. News!

US News College Rankings

2013 College Rankings Released

U.S. News just released their 2013 college rankings. This post will cover a few of the highlights.

2013 Best National University Rankings:

1. Harvard University

2. Princeton University

3. Yale University

4. Columbia University

5. University of Chicago

6. MIT

7. Stanford University

8. Duke University

8. University of Pennsylvania

10. California Institute of Technology

2013 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings

1. University of Pennsylvania

2. MIT

3. University of California – Berkeley

3. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

5. New York University

5. University of Virgina

7. Carnegie Mellon University

7. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

7. University of Texas – Austin

10. Cornell University

Okay, no surprises for either of these.

Please see the U.S. News Methodology page for information on how these rankings were determined.

Other articles in the 2013 ranking report that you may be interested in include:


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US News 2013 MBA Rankings

And here are the top 10 per US News & World Report:

2013 Rank School 2012 Rank
1 Harvard 2
1 Stanford 1
3 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 3
4 MIT (Sloan) 3
4 Northwestern (Kellogg) 5
4 Chicago Booth 5
7 UC Berkeley (Haas) 7
8 Columbia 9
9 Dartmouth (Tuck) 7
10 Yale 10

As you can see the changes are somewhere between slight and miniscule.  Larger jumps and changes occurred outside the top 10, but the statistical significance of these changes becomes questionable due to fewer responses farther down the list.

And how “reliable” are these rankings? Wait a bit. We’ll be writing more on that.

Linda AbrahamBy Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.