Political Science

Ranked in 2009

1 Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4.8
1 Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4.8
1 Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.8
4 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4.7
5 Yale University New Haven, CT 4.6
6 University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4.5
7 Columbia University New York, NY 4.4
7 University of California--San Diego La Jolla, CA 4.4
9 Duke University Durham, NC 4.2
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4.2
11 University of California--Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4.1
11 University of Chicago Chicago, IL 4.1
13 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill , NC 4.0
13 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4.0
15 University of Rochester Rochester, NY 3.9
15 University of Wisconsin--Madison Madison, WI 3.9
17 New York University New York, NY 3.8
17 Ohio State University Columbus, OH 3.8
17 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 3.8
20 Cornell University Ithaca, NY 3.7
21 Northwestern University Evanston, IL 3.5
21 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 3.5
21 University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX 3.5
24 Texas A&M University--College Station College Station, TX 3.4
24 University of California--Davis Davis, CA 3.4
26 Indiana University--Bloomington Bloomington, IN 3.3
26 University of Washington Seattle, WA 3.3
28 Emory University Atlanta, GA 3.2
28 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 3.2
28 Pennsylvania State University--University Park University Park, PA 3.2
28 University of Maryland--College Park College Park, MD 3.2
28 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 3.2
33 SUNY--Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY 3.1
33 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 3.1
33 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 3.1
36 Rice University Houston, TX 3.0
36 University of California--Irvine Irvine, CA 3.0
36 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 3.0
39 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 2.9
39 George Washington University Washington, DC 2.9
39 Georgetown University Washington, DC 2.9
39 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 2.9
39 University of Colorado--Boulder Boulder, CO 2.9
39 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 2.9
39 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 2.9
46 Brown University Providence, RI 2.8
46 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 2.8
48 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ
2.7
49 University of California--Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 2.6
49 University of Florida Gainesville, FL 2.6
51 Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 2.5
51 Claremont Graduate University Claremont, CA 2.5
51 George Mason University Fairfax, VA 2.5
51 SUNY--Binghamton Binghamton, NY 2.5
51 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 2.5
51 University of California--Riverside Riverside, CA 2.5
51 University of Georgia Athens, GA 2.5
51 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 2.5
51 University of Nebraska--Lincoln Lincoln, NE 2.5
51 University of North Texas Denton, TX 2.5
51 University of South Carolina--Columbia Columbia, SC 2.5

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Political Science
Ranked in 2008
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1 Harvard University Cambridge, MA Score 5.0
2 Stanford University Stanford, CA Score 4.9
3 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Score 4.8
4 Princeton University Princeton, NJ Score 4.7
5 University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA Score 4.6
5 Yale University New Haven, CT Score 4.6
7 University of California--San Diego La Jolla, CA Score 4.4
8 Duke University NA, NC Score 4.3
8 University of Chicago Chicago, IL Score 4.3
10 Columbia University New York, NY Score 4.2
10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Score 4.2
10 University of California--Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Score 4.2
13 Ohio State University Columbus, OH Score 4.0
13 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Score 4.0
13 University of Rochester Rochester, NY Score 4.0
16 University of Wisconsin--Madison Madison, WI Score 3.9
16 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO Score 3.9
18 Cornell University NA, NY Score 3.8
18 New York University New York, NY Score 3.8
18 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN Score 3.8
21 Northwestern University Evanston, IL Score 3.6
22 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Score 3.4
22 Texas A&M University--College Station College Station, TX Score 3.4
22 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL Score 3.4
25 Indiana University--Bloomington Bloomington, IN Score 3.3
25 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Score 3.3
25 University of Texas--Austin NA, TX Score 3.3
25 University of Washington Seattle, WA Score 3.3
29 Emory University NA, GA Score 3.2
29 Rice University Houston, TX Score 3.2
29 SUNY--Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Score 3.2
29 University of California--Davis Davis, CA Score 3.2
29 University of Maryland--College Park College Park, MD Score 3.2
29 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Score 3.2
35 Pennsylvania State University--University Park University Park, PA Score 3.1
35 University of California--Irvine Irvine, CA Score 3.1
37 Florida State University NA, FL Score 3.0
37 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Score 3.0
37 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Score 3.0
37 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Score 3.0
41 George Washington University NA, DC Score 2.9
41 Georgetown University NA, DC Score 2.9
41 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ
Score 2.9
41 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN Score 2.9
41 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Score 2.9
46 Brown University Providence, RI Score 2.8
46 University of Colorado--Boulder Boulder, CO Score 2.8
48 Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Score 2.6
48 Claremont Graduate University NA, CA Score 2.6
48 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY Score 2.6
48 University of California--Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA Score 2.6
48 University of Florida Gainesville, FL Score 2.6
48 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Score 2.6
54 University of Georgia Athens, GA Score 2.5
54 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS Score 2.5
54 University of South Carolina--Columbia Columbia, SC Score 2.5
54 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Score 2.5
54 University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI Score 2.5
American University Washington, DC Score N/A
Binghamton University Binghamton, NY Score N/A
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA Score N/A
Boston University Boston, MA Score N/A
Brandeis University Waltham, MA Score N/A
CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY Score N/A
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Score N/A
Catholic University of America NA, DC Score N/A
Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA Score N/A
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO Score N/A
Florida International University NA, FL Score N/A
Fordham University NA, NY Score N/A
George Mason University NA, VA Score N/A
Georgia State University Atlanta, GA Score N/A
Howard University Washington, DC Score N/A
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID Score N/A
Kent State University Kent, OH Score N/A

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Political Science (Ph.D.)
New! Ranked in 2005*
Rank/School Average assessment
score (5.0 = highest)
1. Harvard University (MA) 5.0
2. Stanford University (CA) 4.9
3. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.8
4. Princeton University (NJ) 4.7
5. University of California–Berkeley 4.6
  Yale University (CT) 4.6
7. University of California–San Diego 4.4
8. Duke University (NC) 4.3
  University of Chicago 4.3
10. Columbia University (NY) 4.2
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4.2
  University of California–Los Angeles 4.2
13. Ohio State University 4.0
  University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 4.0
  University of Rochester (NY) 4.0
16. University of Wisconsin–Madison 3.9
  Washington University in St. Louis 3.9
18. Cornell University (NY) 3.8
  New York University 3.8
  University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 3.8
21. Northwestern University (IL) 3.6
22. Michigan State University 3.4
  Texas A&M University–College Station 3.4
  University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 3.4
25. Indiana University–Bloomington 3.3
  University of Iowa 3.3
  University of Texas–Austin 3.3
  University of Washington 3.3
29. Emory University (GA) 3.2
  Rice University (TX) 3.2
  SUNY–Stony Brook 3.2
  University of California–Davis 3.2
  University of Maryland–College Park 3.2
  University of Pennsylvania 3.2
35. Pennsylvania State University–University Park 3.1
  University of California–Irvine 3.1
37. Florida State University 3.0
  Johns Hopkins University (MD) 3.0
  University of Arizona 3.0
  University of Virginia 3.0
41. Georgetown University (DC) 2.9
  George Washington University (DC) 2.9
  Rutgers State University–New Brunswick (NJ) 2.9
  University of Notre Dame (IN) 2.9
  University of Pittsburgh 2.9
46. Brown University (RI) 2.8
  University of Colorado–Boulder 2.8
48. Arizona State University 2.6
  Claremont Graduate School (CA) 2.6
  Syracuse University (NY) 2.6
  University of California–Santa Barbara 2.6
  University of Florida 2.6
  Vanderbilt University (TN) 2.6
54. University of Georgia 2.5
  University of Kansas 2.5
  University of South Carolina–Columbia 2.5
  University of Southern California 2.5
  University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee 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.

Political Science
(Ranked in 2001*)

Rank/School Average
reputation score
(5 = highest)
1. Harvard University (MA) 4.9
2. Stanford University (CA) 4.7
   University of California--Berkeley 4.7
   University of Michigan--Ann Arbor 4.7
5. Yale University (CT) 4.6
6. Princeton University (NJ) 4.5
7. University of California--San Diego 4.3
8. Duke University (NC) 4.2
   University of California--Los Angeles 4.2
   University of Chicago 4.2
11. Columbia University (NY) 4.0
   Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4.0
   University of Rochester (NY) 4.0
   University of Wisconsin--Madison 4.0
15. Ohio State University--Columbus 3.9
   University of Minnesota--Twin Cities 3.9
   University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill 3.9
18. Indiana University--Bloomington 3.7
   Washington University in St. Louis 3.7
20. Cornell University (NY) 3.6
   Northwestern University (IL) 3.6
22. Michigan State University 3.5
23. SUNY--Stony Brook 3.4
   University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign 3.4
   University of Texas--Austin 3.4
   University of Washington 3.4
27. Johns Hopkins University (MD) 3.3
   University of Iowa 3.3
29. University of California--Irvine 3.2
   University of Maryland--College Park 3.2
31. Emory University (GA) 3.1
   Rice University (TX) 3.1
   Texas A&M University--College Station 3.1
34. New York University 3.0
   University of Arizona 3.0
   University of California--Davis 3.0
   University of Virginia 3.0
38. Florida State University 2.9
   Pennsylvania State University--University Park 2.9
   Rutgers State University--New Brunswick (NJ) 2.9
   University of Colorado--Boulder 2.9
42. Georgetown University (DC) 2.8
   Syracuse University (NY) 2.8
   Vanderbilt University (TN) 2.8
45. Brown University (RI) 2.7
   Claremont Graduate School (CA) 2.7
   George Washington University (DC) 2.7
   University of Pittsburgh 2.7
49. Arizona State University 2.6
   University of California--Santa Barbara 2.6
   University of Georgia 2.6
   University of Houston--Main Campus 2.6
   University of Kansas 2.6
   University of Notre Dame (IN) 2.6
   University of Pennsylvania 2.6
   University of South Carolina--Columbia 2.6
57. Brandeis University (MA) 2.5
   University of Florida 2.5
   University of Kentucky 2.5
   University of Massachusetts--Amherst 2.5
   University of Nebraska--Lincoln 2.5
   University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee 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.