Physics
Ranked in 2008
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Score 5.0
1 Stanford University Stanford, CA Score 5.0
3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA Score 4.9
3 Harvard University Cambridge, MA Score 4.9
3 Princeton University Princeton, NJ Score 4.9
3 University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA Score 4.9
7 Cornell University Ithaca, NY Score 4.7
8 University of Chicago Chicago, IL Score 4.6
8 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL Score 4.6
10 University of California--Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA Score 4.5
11 Columbia University New York, NY Score 4.3
11 Yale University New Haven, CT Score 4.3
13 University of Maryland--College Park College Park, MD Score 4.2
13 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Score 4.2
13 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Score 4.2
16 University of California--Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Score 4.1
16 University of California--San Diego La Jolla, CA Score 4.1
16 University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX Score 4.1
16 University of Wisconsin--Madison Madison, WI Score 4.1
20 Johns Hopkins University (Rowland) Baltimore, MD Score 4.0
20 University of Colorado--Boulder Boulder, CO Score 4.0
20 University of Washington Seattle, WA Score 4.0
23 Pennsylvania State University--University Park University Park, PA Score 3.8
23 SUNY--Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Score 3.8
23 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN Score 3.8
26 Northwestern University Evanston, IL Score 3.7
26 Ohio State University Columbus, OH Score 3.7
26 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick Piscataway, NJ Score 3.7
29 Brown University Providence, RI Score 3.6
29 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Score 3.6
29 Duke University Durham, NC Score 3.6
29 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Score 3.6
29 Rice University Houston, TX Score 3.6
29 University of California--Davis Davis, CA Score 3.6
29 University of California--Irvine Irvine, CA Score 3.6
36 Boston University Boston, MA Score 3.5
36 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA Score 3.5
36 Purdue University--West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN Score 3.5
36 University of Florida Gainesville, FL Score 3.5
36 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Score 3.5
36 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Score 3.5
42 New York University New York, NY Score 3.4
42 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Score 3.4
42 University of Rochester Rochester, NY Score 3.4
45 Indiana University--Bloomington Bloomington, IN Score 3.3
45 Texas A&M University--College Station College Station, TX Score 3.3
45 University of California--Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA Score 3.3
48 Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Score 3.2
48 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL Score 3.2
48 Iowa State University Ames, IA Score 3.2
48 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Score 3.2
48 University of Massachusetts--Amherst Worcester, MA Score 3.2
48 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Score 3.2
48 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Score 3.2
48 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO Score 3.2
56 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Score 3.1
56 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Score 3.1
56 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Score 3.1
56 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Score 3.1
56 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN Score 3.1
56 University of Oregon Eugene, OR Score 3.1
56 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Score 3.1
56 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Score 3.1
64 Brandeis University Waltham, MA Score 3.0
64 University of California--Riverside Riverside, CA Score 3.0
64 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Score 3.0
64 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA Score 3.0
68 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY Score 2.9
68 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA Score 2.9
68 Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO Score 2.9
68 Northeastern University Boston, MA Score 2.9
68 Rockefeller University New York, NY Score 2.9
68 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY Score 2.9
68 University of Delaware Newark, DE Score 2.9
68 University of Illinois--Chicago Chicago, IL Score 2.9
76 Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA Score 2.8
76 University of Georgia Athens, GA Score 2.8
76 University of Hawaii--Manoa Honolulu, HI Score 2.8
76 University of Tennessee--Knoxville Knoxville, TN Score 2.8
80 Ohio University Athens, OH Score 2.7
80 Tufts University Medford, MA Score 2.7
80 University at Buffalo--SUNY Buffalo, NY Score 2.7
80 University of Missouri--Columbia Columbia, MO Score 2.7
80 University of Nebraska--Lincoln Lincoln, NE Score 2.7
80 Washington State University Pullman, WA Score 2.7
86 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA Score 2.6
86 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO Score 2.6
86 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS Score 2.6
86 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA Score 2.6
86 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL Score 2.6
86 University of Houston Houston, TX Score 2.6
86 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Score 2.6
86 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Score 2.6
86 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Score 2.6
95 Auburn University Auburn, AL Score 2.5
95 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA Score 2.5
95 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL Score 2.5
95 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR Score 2.5
95 Temple University Philadelphia, PA Score 2.5
95 University of Alabama--Huntsville Huntsville, AL Score 2.5

Physics (Ph.D.)
Ranked in 2006*
Rank/School Average assessment
score (5.0 = highest)
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5.0
  Stanford University (CA) 5.0
3. California Institute of Technology 4.9
4. Harvard University (MA) 4.8
  Princeton University (NJ) 4.8
  University of California–Berkeley 4.8
7. Cornell University (NY) 4.7
8. University of Chicago 4.6
  University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 4.6
10. University of California–Santa Barbara 4.4
11. Columbia University (NY) 4.3
  University of Texas–Austin 4.3
13. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.2
  Yale University (CT) 4.2
15. University of Maryland–College Park 4.1
16. University of California–Los Angeles 4.0
  University of California–San Diego 4.0
  University of Colorado–Boulder 4.0
  University of Pennsylvania 4.0
  University of Washington 4.0
  University of Wisconsin–Madison 4.0
22. Johns Hopkins University (MD) 3.8
  SUNY–Stony Brook 3.8
24. Ohio State University 3.7
  Pennsylvania State University–University Park 3.7
  Rutgers State University–New Brunswick (NJ) 3.7
27. Rice University (TX) 3.6
  University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 3.6
29. Brown University (RI) 3.5
  Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 3.5
  Duke University (NC) 3.5
  Michigan State University 3.5
  Northwestern University (IL) 3.5
  University of California–Irvine 3.5
35. Boston University 3.4
  Georgia Institute of Technology 3.4
  Indiana University–Bloomington 3.4
  New York University 3.4
  Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN) 3.4
  University of Arizona 3.4
  University of California–Davis 3.4
  University of Florida 3.4
  University of Rochester (NY) 3.4
  University of Virginia 3.4
45. Florida State University 3.3
  University of California–Santa Cruz 3.3
  University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 3.3
  Washington University in St. Louis 3.3
49. Texas A&M University–College Station 3.2
50. Case Western Reserve University (OH) 3.1
  CUNY Graduate School and University Center 3.1
  University of Notre Dame (IN) 3.1
  University of Pittsburgh 3.1
  University of Southern California 3.1
55. Arizona State University 3.0
  Dartmouth College (NH) 3.0
  Iowa State University 3.0
  North Carolina State University 3.0
  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 3.0
  University of Massachusetts–Amherst 3.0
  University of Oregon 3.0
62. Brandeis University (MA) 2.9
  College of William and Mary (VA) 2.9
  University of Illinois–Chicago 2.9
  University of Iowa 2.9
  Vanderbilt University (TN) 2.9
61. Rockefeller University (NY) ** 2.9
67. Northeastern University (MA) 2.8
  Syracuse University (NY) 2.8
  University of California–Riverside 2.8
  University of New Mexico 2.8
  University of Tennessee–Knoxville 2.8
  University of Utah 2.8
  Virginia Tech 2.8
74. Boston College 2.7
  Emory University (GA) 2.7
  Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge 2.7
  Tufts University (MA) 2.7
  University of Connecticut 2.7
  University of Delaware 2.7
  University of Georgia 2.7
81. Colorado State University 2.6
  University of Hawaii–Manoa 2.6
  University of Kansas 2.6
  University of Nebraska–Lincoln 2.6
85. Colorado School of Mines 2.5
  Kansas State University 2.5
  Ohio University 2.5
  Oregon State University 2.5
  University at Buffalo–SUNY 2.5
  University of Houston 2.5
  University of Missouri–Columbia 2.5
  University of Oklahoma 2.5
  University of South Carolina 2.5
  Washington State University 2.5

*This ranking was computed in January of the year cited, based on data from a survey sent out in the fall of the previous year.
** The school was mistakenly left out of the 2006 survey because of an error in interpreting data from the National Science Foundation's WebCASPAR database. Data and rankings from the 2002 survey appear.

Physics
(Ranked in 2002*)

Rank/School Average assessment score (5 = highest)
1. California Institute of Technology 5.0
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5.0
3. Harvard University (MA) 4.9
  Princeton University (NJ) 4.9
  Stanford University (CA) 4.9
  University of California–Berkeley 4.9
7. Cornell University (NY) 4.6
  University of Chicago 4.6
9. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 4.5
10. Columbia University (NY) 4.3
  University of California–Santa Barbara 4.3
12. Yale University (CT) 4.2
13. University of Maryland–College Park 4.1
  University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.1
  University of Texas–Austin 4.1
16. University of California–Los Angeles 4.0
  University of California–San Diego 4.0
  University of Washington 4.0
  University of Wisconsin–Madison 4.0
20. Johns Hopkins University (MD) 3.9
  University of Colorado–Boulder 3.9
  University of Pennsylvania 3.9
23. SUNY–Stony Brook 3.8
24. Ohio State University 3.7
  Rutgers State University–New Brunswick (NJ) 3.7
  University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 3.7
27. Penn State University–University Park 3.6
28. Brown University (RI) 3.5
  Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 3.5
  Michigan State University 3.5
  Northwestern University (IL) 3.5
32. Duke University (NC) 3.4
  Georgia Institute of Technology 3.4
  Indiana University–Bloomington 3.4
  Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN) 3.4
  Rice University (TX) 3.4
  University of Rochester (NY) 3.4
38. Florida State University 3.3
  University of Arizona 3.3
  University of California–Irvine 3.3
  University of Florida 3.3
  University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 3.3
  University of Virginia 3.3
44. Boston University 3.2
  University of California–Davis 3.2
46. Iowa State University 3.1
  Texas A&M University–College Station 3.1
  University of California–Santa Cruz 3.1
  University of Pittsburgh 3.1
  University of Southern California 3.1
  Washington University in St. Louis 3.1
52. Arizona State University 3.0
  Brandeis University (MA) 3.0
  Case Western Reserve University (OH) 3.0
  New York University 3.0
  North Carolina State University 3.0
  University of Massachusetts–Amherst 3.0
  University of Notre Dame (IN) 3.0
  University of Oregon 3.0
  Vanderbilt University (TN) 3.0
61. CUNY Graduate School and University Center 2.9
  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 2.9
  Rockefeller University (NY) 2.9
  University of Iowa 2.9
  University of Tennessee–Knoxville 2.9
66. Syracuse University (NY) 2.8
  University of California–Riverside 2.8
  University of Utah 2.8
  Virginia Tech 2.8
70. College of William and Mary (VA) 2.7
  Kansas State University 2.7
  Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge 2.7
  Northeastern University (MA) 2.7
  University of Georgia 2.7
  University of Illinois–Chicago 2.7
  University of Nebraska–Lincoln 2.7
77. Colorado State University 2.6
  Dartmouth College (NH) 2.6
  University of Connecticut 2.6
  University of Delaware 2.6
  University of Houston 2.6
  University of Kansas 2.6
  University of New Mexico 2.6
84. Oregon State University 2.5
  SUNY–Buffalo 2.5
  Tufts University (MA) 2.5
  University of Hawaii–Manoa 2.5
  University of Kentucky 2.5