US News and World Report released its list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009” last week, the always-controversial and informative look at collected data from more than 12,000 graduate programs. This year, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn, was ranked as the number-one graduate school in the field of audiology by US News and World Report’s methodology.


This year’s top-5 audiology graduate schools, as determined by the magazine’s ranking system, were:


   1. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn

   2. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

   3. University of Washington, Seattle, Wash

   4. University of Texas-Dallas (Callier Center)

   5. Washington University in St. Louis


Rounding out the list was (3 tied for 6th place) University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla; University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; (7 tied for 9th place) Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill; Purdue University-West Lafayette, Ind; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill; University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz; University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis; University of Texas-Austin; (2 tied for 16th place) University at Buffalo-SUNY; University of Pittsburgh; (18th place) Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, Ind; (5 tied for 19th place) Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz; Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, Mich; Gallaudet University, Washington, DC; James Madison University Harrisonburg, Va; Ohio State University, Columbus; (2 tied for 24th place) University of Colorado-Boulder; and University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, Md.


The rankings were compiled during the fall of 2007, and only fully accredited schools were listed. The list is based on peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. Survey respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a 5-point scale, with 5 being “outstanding,” and were instructed to select “don’t know” if they did not have enough knowledge to rate a program.


The original rankings and scores can be accessed by clicking here.