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Tuck, DMS and Thayer among best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report

Report In the most recent edition of the U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools, the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Thayer School of Engineering made strong showings. Tuck placed sixth overall, up from ninth last year in the annual survey, which is based on expert opinion about program and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

In specialty rankings for programs with excellence in specific areas, Tuck maintained its sixth place in the general management category. This portion of the ranking is based solely on ratings by educators at peer schools.

Six major publications: U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist's Which MBA?, Forbes and The Wall Street Jourrnal, publish a ranking of graduate business schools. Each measures different aspects of the MBA program, surveys different constituencies and uses different methodologies. Tuck has placed among the top ten business schools worldwide in the most recent rankings by all of these publications

Of 123 medical schools surveyed, DMS held its place among the best in the nation-the top 50-and was 35th on the list for research and 34th for the percentage of primary care doctors it produces. It was also ranked 17th in the specialty category of "Rural Medicine."

For medical schools, the magazine considers several indicators, including reputation as determined by surveys of medical school deans and senior faculty; amount of research funding from the National Institutes of Health; student selectivity and faculty to student ratios. 

Thayer School of Engineering maintained its rank among the top 50 schools, holding its position at 43rd. In the important category of research expenditures per faculty member, Thayer ranked eighth nationwide. "Thayer School ranks remarkably well considering that the U.S. News and World Report methodology equates volume of research and size of the graduate program with quality," said Bill Lotko, Professor of Engineering and Interim Dean. "Thayer School is a good example of an exception to that rule and our small size offers many benefits, including a sense of community, close student-faculty interaction, facilitation of interdisciplinary projects and quick response to new technological developments."

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Last Updated: 12/17/08