Top Sociology Programs According to Student Reviews

Top Sociology Programs

1 Duke University 9.333
2 Johns Hopkins University 8.867
3 University of California-Irvine 8.767
4 Northwestern University 8.760
5 The University of Texas at Austin 8.622
6 Columbia University, NY 8.525
7 American University 8.467
8 Penn State University Park 8.283
9 Princeton University 8.267
10 University of Pennsylvania 8.265
11 Wayne State University 8.240
12 University of Delaware 8.233
13 Purdue University-West Lafayette 8.156
14 University of Kansas 8.100
15 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 8.033
16 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 7.983
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison 7.950
18 University of Maryland, College Park 7.933
19 Stanford University 7.911
20 Kansas State University 7.800
21 The University of Chicago 7.612
22 Brown University 6.633
23 The University of Akron Main Campus 7.400
24 The Ohio State University 7.367
25 Michigan State University 6.744

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2015 student earning her graduate degree from Lamar University online wrote: “My career as an international teacher takes me around the world, so being able to get my graduate degree while traveling is a complete blessing.”

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 September 30, 2013. 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.