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Best Graduate Schools 2012

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Thinking about starting an M.B.A. program or getting your law degree? Or pursuing a Ph.D in neuroscience or engineering? Check out the 2012 edition of U.S. News's Best Graduate Schools, which features exclusive rankings of graduate programs in disciplines from the arts and sciences to business, education, law, and medicine. A preview of the top 72 business programs and the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by U.S. News & World Report
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I received this as part of the Goodreads giveaway and was surprised at how little it contains. A handful of articles (~15 plus 6 "why I picked" blurbs) and listings of US News's rankings for the top Graduate Schools. There's very little for people going to "Grad School" in the more colloquial sense - I'm applying for Sociology programs and all I get are peer assessment rankings for soc programs overall and rankings for a handful of specialties/sub-disciplines. No information about student ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Ruchita rated it it was amazing
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I have always found US News rankings to be tremendously helpful. There's only so much benefit to be gained from the numerical listings, but they include a ton of additional information that really makes it easy to compare the schools you are considering. I especially appreciate the directory at the back that provides information on tuition, median grant money, indebtedness after graduation, average housing expenses, etc. There's a lot to consider when picking a school, and gathering these ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
This is a great source book for students looking into attending graduate schools. It is the most current and up to date information I have seen by a respected and well known news source too: US News and World Report. My daughter is currently applying at law schools and I was amazed at the lack of current information in one source for graduate schools. Of course, you can go to each individual school website for current information, but who has time for all that research. This gives you all the ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Helen rated it it was ok
I received this book from Goodreads. I think it would be very useful to someone who was in college who wasn't ready to graduate and get a job. It offers a wide variety of programs to continue education in business, law, medicine, education, engineering, and more (just like the cover says). However, it doesn't give anything special about most of the schools. Separate books for each field of study with a much more in depth look would be more useful. I also wonder about the rankings. Asking deans ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Aline rated it really liked it
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When I received this guide, I thought it would just have a bunch of different lists of schools and how they ranked against each other. It is mostly lists but there is also one article per career grouping. This guide would be great for people who have a general idea (ie: education, law, engineering, etc.)of what they would like to study to obtain a higher degree, but for people like me, who have a very specific idea of what to study, it isn't very helpful. I got a listing of good schools for ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Kendra rated it it was ok
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Ranking grad schools in the country based on a number of criteria and organized by topic of study, e.g. best law schools, best health programs, etc. While I can certainly see the usefulness of such a compilation, this is nothing you can't find online and will be outdated in no time. I'd rather see a database with the same information, but with links to school sites and other important information for going back to school or continuing on (links to scholarships, etc.). Still, it was really fun to ...more
Sarah Wilson
Apr 16, 2012 Sarah Wilson rated it liked it
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This can be a useful resource in choosing a graduate school. It has some helpful articles and sections for business, education, engineering, health, law, and arts and science schools. It covers a wide range of graduate degrees and includes a directory of graduate schools. It is more like a magazine rather than an extended book on graduate schools so you might search out additional information if what you are looking for is not included. I thought it was a nice reference and starting point when ...more
Michelle the Crazy Cat Lady
Aug 23, 2012 Michelle the Crazy Cat Lady rated it really liked it
Received for free through Goodreads First Reads program.

Very useful directory for an undergrad, such as myself: lots of details on a ton of schools, including tuition fees (credit hours, dorm fees, etc. etc.), admittance requirements, contact info, graduation %, and practically every other detail you could possibly think of without actually contacting the school directly! I found it to be a very handy and in depth guide for any prospective college student unsure where to begin, or any seeking t
Mark White
Mar 29, 2012 Mark White rated it it was amazing
The 2013 edition is out,, and it's even better than last year's, with more articles about job prospects for various degrees. This series is from U.S. News, so of course there are numerous rankings of a wide variety of U.S. graduate programs just like the famous Best Colleges rankings, along with lots of data and info about the programs. And both editions have a directory of more than 100 pages with even more details about specific grad programs in law, bu ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
This is a directory of the best graduate schools in the county. US News & World Report is reputable, and they are fair and objective in their rankings. This reference work is divided by subjects (medicine, law, engineering, business, etc.). There are advertisements in this work, so beware that the institutions advertised are not necessarily recommended by US News. Also, there are articles by students (I didn't read any of those). Highly recommended for folks starting grad school or thinking ...more
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Feb 25, 2012 Oh! Paper Pages rated it liked it
After receiving a copy from Goodreads, I can tell you that this guide is excellent. The business school section is comprehensive and provides a significant amount of information. One of the most interesting aspects is the inclusion of the average starting salary of graduating students. Overall, this is a great guide for anyone who is serious about graduate work and looking to apply to the schools that best fit a set of criteria.
Robert Zimmermann
Jan 22, 2012 Robert Zimmermann rated it it was ok
I got this from the giveaway on this site. I thought it'd give me some knowledge of programs in my field of study (Creative Writing.) I was mistaken. Also there didn't seem to be enough information about programs and a variety of school in a reasonable price range for most people. If someone has the grades and money to go to Yale or Harvard...they don't need this book in the first place. Maybe someone else can find some use for this catalog.
Oct 05, 2013 Mak rated it really liked it
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I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. I am not looking for graduate schools this year but I will be soon. It has a lot of great articles and I was glad to see they had methodology of their surveys for each section containing the ranking of schools. I thought it would be a little bit thicker in volume but it is very resourceful and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking into future graduate schools.
Feb 22, 2012 LeAnn rated it liked it
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The was informative. If you're looking for a higher degree in something other than the top 5 degrees (such as medicine and law) then it's not very helpful. I would be more interested in higher degrees for the liberal arts, and it doesn't give a lot of information about those schools other than the top 10-20 in the country. It was informative, interesting, and fun to read.
Dec 27, 2011 Abbe rated it it was amazing
Incredibly useful tool for researching a graduate school. Includes a directory of over 1,200 programs. I found the Best Part-Time MBA Programs and Law Programs helpful. I enjoyed reading "Why I picked..." for each discipline, School of Law, Education, Medicine, Business and Engineering.
Mar 25, 2012 Maiko rated it really liked it
I can't believe Wash U is tied with Pitt for 2nd place after USC for physical therapy... One of these days, Wash U can regain its number ONE ranking!
Jan 03, 2012 Yy marked it as to-read
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Hope to read it soon. Thanks.
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