Top Chemistry Graduate Schools

Top Chemistry Graduate Schools – Fall 2015

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2019 student earning her graduate degree from Rice University wrote: “The students are simply the happiest of those I have met. The academic support from faculty is great and they are there for you but not overbearing. This allows a perfect amount of freedom for the student to pave their own way. The instrumentation available to the Chemistry students is great and we have a variety of options in some cases of instruments. While the campus is beautiful, I would say Houston as a city is less pretty. It’s flat and has little natural beauty. As a city, there are a lot of options for activities that are free and close to campus and food options are endless.”

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.

1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 9.10
2 Rice University 9.08
3 California Institute Of Technology 8.90
4 Carnegie Mellon University 8.82
5 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 8.70
6 University of Georgia 8.63
7 Louisiana State University 8.62
8 Columbia University 8.60
9 Auburn University 8.54
10 University of Pittsburgh 8.50
11 University of Wisconsin Madison 8.45
12 University of Rochester 8.42
13 Penn State University 8.40
14 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 8.38
15 Duke University 8.37
16 Vanderbilt University 8.36
17 University of California-Berkeley 8.25
18 Emory University 8.16
19 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 8.12
20 University of California-Davis 8.09
21 University of Pennsylvania 8.08
22 University of Massachusetts Boston 8.06
23 Harvard University 7.98
21 Princeton University 7.94
25 Washington University in St. Louis 7.93

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 September 30, 2015. 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.