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Science Programs at UT Austin in Top 10 in U.S. News Ranking of Graduate Schools

Science Programs at UT Austin in Top 10 in U.S. News Ranking of Graduate Schools
Kasie Raymann. Photo by Vivian Abagiu.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the public universities with the most top-ranked schools and academic programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released this morning. The university has five programs across campus ranked No. 1 and 49 schools and specialties ranked among the nation's top 10.

Only two other public universities have as many top 10 graduate programs, and UT Austin has more top-ranked graduate programs than any other university in Texas.

"In every college, school and department at The University of Texas at Austin, there is innovative research, teaching and multidisciplinary collaboration taking place by our faculty and students," said President Gregory L. Fenves. "These national rankings reflect our focus on quality and our impact as a public flagship university."

U.S. News & World Report's graduate rankings, separate from the magazine's yearly ranking of undergraduate programs, are among the most widely regarded ratings in higher education. They are based on surveys of academic leaders and, for select programs, additional quantitative measures including placement test scores, student/faculty ratios, research expenditures and job placement success.

Many of the science programs and specialties were updated this year for the first time since the 2014 rankings. Computer science ranks No. 10 (No. 5 among publics), with four specialties in the top 10. Mathematics ranks 14th with three specialties in the top 10. Chemistry ranks 15th with three specialties in the top 10. Physics ranks 17th; with one specialty ranked in the top 10 this year. (A second physics specialty, Plasma, received a top-10 ranking in 2014, but the magazine did not assign rankings to that specialty this year.) Biology ranks 27th, and its Ecology/Evolutionary Biology program is ranked 6th nationally.

The top rankings for graduate programs are consistent with other rankings for UT Austin, which has been named the eighth best value among public colleges (Kiplinger, 2017) and the 10th most productive university in the U.S. for scientific research (Nature Index, November 2017).

UT Austin Natural Sciences graduate schools and programs that U.S. News & World Report ranked in the top 30 are listed below. These rankings are drawn from early figures released by U.S. News & World Report and could grow when fuller lists are published. Check this post from UT Austin for the most up-to-date lists across the University.

UT Austin Natural Sciences Graduate Programs Ranked in the Top 30

  • Biological Sciences – 27
    • Ecology/Evolutionary Biology – 6
  • Chemistry – 15
    • Analytical – 4
    • Organic – 16
    • Physical – 14
  • Computer Science – 10
    • Artificial Intelligence – 8
    • Programming Language – 8
    • Systems – 8
    • Theory – 7
  • Mathematics – 14
    • Analysis – 7
    • Applied Math – 9
    • Topology – 8
  • Physics – 17
    • Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity – 10
    • Plasma Physics – 3*

*Top 10 Ranking not revised for 2019. Based on latest ranking available.

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