Choosing the right graduate school. It's a decision that every student must endure when thinking about continuing his or her education. Each year, US News & World Report calculates new school rankings in the five areas-business, education, engineering, law, and medicine-that include the most popular choices for post-baccalaureate study. Their rankings in these areas are based on two broad types of data-expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that describe the strength of a school's faculty, its research, and the performance of students both as they enter and leave. Surveys were conducted in the fall of 2000, and were sent out to each school offering a doctoral program. The questionnaires asked respondents to rate the quality of the program at each institution as distinguished, strong, good, adequate, or marginal.
This year Duke Computer Science Department was ranked 20th in the U.S.--an impressive spot among the nation's most prestigious graduate schools. Duke CS also ranked 16th in Algorithms & Theory. The report hits stands on April 15th.