Best Graduate Education Colleges of 2012-2013

If you’re thinking about earning a graduate degree in education, there are several things you should consider. However, the most important thing to evaluate is the quality of the school and program where you’ll be earning your education degree. The 50 graduate education schools presented below are ranked based on many of the criteria (such as admissions selectivity, quality of students and faculty, graduation rates, accreditation, etc.) that are reflective of a good graduate school. However, rankings should not be construed as the “end all” to your academic search, rather a starting point. When evaluating graduate education program you’ll want to make sure a program is regionally accredited; has a well respected, high-quality faculty; and a good graduation and placement rate–but ultimately you’ll want to find a program that meets your personal and career aspirations.

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Education College Rankings

Rank Name Annual Tuition Enrollment
1 Vanderbilt University (Peabody) – Nashville, TN $1,500 per credit 780
2 Columbia University – New York, NY $1,100 per credit 5,100
3 Harvard University – Cambridge, MA $34,000 990
4 University of Oregon – Eugene, OR $12,500 In-state,
$18,000 Out-of-state
800
5 Stanford University – Stanford, CA $380 $37,400
6 University of California–Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA N/A In-state,
$14,500 Out-of-state
840
7 Northwestern University – Evanston, IL $38,000 380
8 University of Wisconsin–Madison – Madison, WI $10,500 In-state,
$25,000 Out-of-state
1,030
9 University of California–Berkeley – Berkeley, CA N/A In-state,
$14,600 Out-of-state
400
10 University of Texas–Austin – Austin, TX $7,400 In-state,
$14,500 Out-of-state
1,580
11 University of Washington – Seattle, WA $10,700 In-state,
$24,000 Out-of-state
1,100
12 Ohio State University – Columbus, OH $11,000 In-state,
$26,500 Out-of-state
1,350
13 University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA $38,800 1,150
14 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI $17,624 In-state,
$35,600 Out-of-state
490
15 New York University (Steinhardt) – New York, NY $29,000 3,780
16 Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI $511/credit In-state
$1,000/credit Out-of-state
1,780
17 Boston College (Lynch) – Chestnut Hill, MA $1,050 per credit 905
18 University of Kansas – Lawrence, KS $270/credit In-state
$650/credit Out-of-state
1,150
19 Indiana University–Bloomington – Bloomington, IN $330/credit In-state,
$970/credit Out-of-state
1,020
20 University of Virginia (Curry) – Charlottesville, VA $10,450 In-state,
$20,010 Out-of-state
730
21 Pennsylvania State University–University Park – University Park, PA $15,400 In-state,
$28,200 Out-of-state
1,165
22 University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA $11,200 In-state,
$18,310 Out-of-state
1,250
23 University of Minnesota–Twin Cities – Minneapolis, MN $11,200 In-state,
$18,300 Out-of-state
2,500
24 University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign – Champaign, IL $9,300 In-state,
$22,500 Out-of-state
1,270
25 University of Maryland–College Park – College Park, MD $470/credit In-state,
$1,020/credit Out-ofstate
1,240
26 University of Southern California (Rossier) – Los Angeles, CA $1,300/credit 1,270
27 Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA $7,200 In-state,
$15,900 Out-of-state
1,800
28 University of Delaware – Newark, DE $8,550 In-state,
$22,250 Out-of-state
510
29 University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC $5,400 In-state,
$19,800 Out-of-state
630
30 George Washington University – Washington, DC $1,120 per credit 1,990
31 Texas A&M University–College Station – College State, TX $222/credit In-state,
$500/credit Out-of-state
1,330
32 University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA $6,850 In-state,
$20,440 Out-of-state
700
33 Utah State University – Logan, UT $3,460 In-state,
$12,100 Out-of-state
1,040
34 University of Connecticut (Neag) – Storrs, CT $9,450 In-state,
$24,500 Out-of-state
850
35 Arizona State University (Fulton) – Tempe, AZ $7,975 In-state,
$20,320 Out-of-state
1,230
36 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–New Brunswick – New Brunswick, NJ $13,840 In-state,
$21,200 Out-of-state
980
37 Cornell University – Ithaca, NY $20,800 75
38 College of William and Mary – Williamsburg, VA $10,500 In-state,
$24,200 Out-of-state
350
39 University of Georgia – Athens, GA $6,000 In-state,
$20,900 Out-of-state
3,424
40 Florida State University – Tallahassee, FL $260/credit In-state,
$900/credit Out-of-state
1,140
41 University of Missouri – Columbia, MO $300/credit In-state,
$770/credit Out-of-state
2,300
42 Purdue University–West Lafayette – West Lafayette, IN $8,200 In-state,
$24,700 Out-of-state
430
43 University of Colorado–Boulder – Boulder, CO $8,200 In-state,
$23,300 Out-of-state
460
44 Lehigh University – Bethlehem, PA $500 per credit 650
45 Washington University in St. Louis – St. Louis, MO $38,000 30
46 Temple University – Philadelphia, PA $590/credit In-state,
$860/credit Out-of-state
700
47 University of Tennessee–Knoxville – Knoxville, TN $6,800 In-state,
$20,600 Out-of-state
550
48 University of Massachusetts–Amherst – Amherst, MA $2,600 In-state,
$9,900 Out-of-state
763
49 University of Hawaii–Manoa – Honolulu, HI $8,900 In-state,
$21,500 Out-of-state
1,206
50 University of Illinois–Chicago – Chicago, IL $8,800 In-state,
$20,800 Out-of-state
920
* College rankings based on editor generated composite of major ranking indices.

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