US News ranks 11 Princeton grad programs in nation’s top 10

Dawn Furnas//March 30, 2022

US News ranks 11 Princeton grad programs in nation’s top 10

Dawn Furnas//March 30, 2022

When it comes to the nation’s top graduate schools, Princeton makes the grade.

U.S. News & World Report released its 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings on March 29 and listed Princeton in top 10 rankings for 11 of its graduate programs, included a tie for first place in mathematics with Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

  • No. 1 in mathematics (tied with MIT)
  • No. 2 in sociology (tied with Harvard and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
  • No. 2 in history (tied with University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Yale University)
  • No. 2 in physics (tied with California Institute of Technology, Harvard, MIT and University of California-Berkeley)
  • No. 2 in political Science (tied with Harvard)
  • No. 3 in English (tied with Harvard, Stanford University, University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania)
  • No. 4 in economics (tied with University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago and Yale)
  • No. 6 in biological sciences (tied with Johns Hopkins University and Yale)
  • No. 6 in psychology (tied with University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and Yale)
  • No. 7 in chemistry (tied with Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign)
  • No. 9 in computer science (tied with University of Texas-Austin)

Rutgers programs also made the top 10:

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick: No. 6 in library and information studies programs (tied with Syracuse University and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
  • Rutgers-Newark: No. 7 in criminology (tied with Florida State University)

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed for prospective graduate students looking to further their education and includes programs such as business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing and science.

U.S. News updated it methodology in a few areas for this year’s rankings, it said, including within the best law school methodology, it included a bar passage rate indicator that accounts for bar passage performance in every state where a school’s graduates first took the bar exam.

“U.S. News continues to update the Best Graduate Schools methodology and add new programs to keep the rankings relevant and valuable for prospective students,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, said in a statement. “Utilizing a robust data-collection process – surveying more than 2,100 programs and more than 23,000 academics and professionals – allows us to provide students with useful, quality data to determine the best program for their individual needs.”

Princeton and Rutgers also were the only two New Jersey universities ranking within the top 20 for their programs:


  • No. 12 in earth sciences (tied with Arizona State University, Brown University, Harvard, University of California–Los Angeles, University of California–San Diego and University of Wisconsin—Madison)
  • No. 12 in public affairs (tied with Arizona State University; Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz; Georgetown University, McCourt; George Washington University, Trachtenberg; New York University, Wagner; University of California–Los Angeles, Luskin; and University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Humphrey)
  • No. 20 in engineering

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

  • No. 15 in nursing schools: doctor of nursing practice (tied with Case Western Reserve University and University of Virginia
  • No. 18 in nursing schools: master’s
  • No. 20 in Rehabilitation Counseling (tied with Kent State University, Portland State University, Springfield College, University of Memphis, University of Pittsburgh and Western Washington University

See how all New Jersey graduate schools fared by clicking here.