Best Anthropology Graduate Programs

1 Cornell University 9.77
2 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 9.70
3 University of Wisconsin-Madison 9.67
4 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5 Northwestern University 8.97
6 Syracuse University 8.82
7 Harvard University 8.77
8 University of Kansas 8.67
9 American University 8.50
10 Rice University 8.43
11 Arizona State University 8.27
12 California State University, Los Angeles 8.23
13 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 8.21
14 Tulane University 8.20
15 University of South Carolina at Columbia 8.19
16 University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) 8.18
17 Duke University 8.17
18 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 8.15
19 Penn State University Park 8.12
20 Michigan State University 8.07
21 University of Arizona 8.05
22 Columbia University, NY 8.03
23 The University of Chicago 7.99
24 New York University 7.83
25 University of Georgia 7.79

In addition to rating the Best Anthropology Graduate Programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2016 Cornell Anthropology student commented, “Cornell has very kind people, which is important. As challenging as you want it to be but there is room for laziness and all sorts of growth. An excellent program!”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to April 15, 2014. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.