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MIT Scores Well in Latest U.S. News Ranking

By May K. Tse
News Editor

For the ninth year in a row, MIT's School of Engineering was ranked first in the annual "Best Graduate Schools Guidebook," published by U.S. News &World Report.

"That's probably because we are the best engineering school in the country,"said President Charles M. Vest. "In every year that they have had rankings we have been first."

In this year's rankings, MITplaced first overall in the engineering section, as well as first in seven individual engineering categories: aeronautics, chemical, computer, electrical and electronic, materials and metallurgical, mechanical, and nuclear. Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, tied for second place.

In the biological sciences, MIT tied for first place with Harvard University, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley.

The Institute also tied for top honors in economics with Harvard and Stanford. In the economics specialty areas, MITranked first in industrial organization, tied for first with Harvard University for international economics, ranked second in microeconomics, and placed third in macroeconomics and public finance.

In addition, the Sloan School of Management, which placed second among business schools two years ago and fourth last year, rose to third place this year. The Sloan School tied with both Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School for third, behind Harvard and Stanford, which tied for first. Within the specialty areas of management information systems and production and operations, the Sloan School ranked first.

MITwas also ranked eighth in political science and twelfth in psychology, under the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

"I'm very pleased that we have ranked highly. Idon't believe that there is a great deal of significance in the fine structures of these rankings but it's always good to be among the very top few," Vest said.

"What I do find important is that we have been ranked at the top by both our academic colleagues as well as those in industry; that tends to set us apart a little bit,"Vest said.

For its annual rankings of the five major graduate schools of study - engineering, business, medicine, law, and education - U.S. News derives its rankings from two sets of "reputation ratings" as well as objective measures. One reputation ranking is based on responses from deans and faculty members of a particular discipline.

The second ranking deals with surveys of "nonacademics," which focuses on the perspectives of those who come into contact with new graduates, such as prospective employers.

For the other academic disciplines that are not included in the five major areas, their rankings are based only on reputation.

Other rankings that are available this year include public affairs, audiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, rehabilitation counseling, speech pathology, English, history, and sociology.

This is the tenth edition of the U.S. News graduate guide, which is independent of the magazine's undergraduate guide. U.S. News also publishes the annual "America's Best Colleges"guide.