Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), based in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, has climbed up the ranking charts for the third year in a row in the latest US News and World Report rankings for the best graduate schools in the United States. The school now holds a position in the top 20 medical colleges in the nation.
The rankings are determined on the basis of several criteria, including the GRE and MCAT scores of graduate students, their performances based on GPA, student to faculty ratio, funding and grants received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reputation from surveys conducted among Deans and admission officers, job placements, and student activities, among others.
According to a press release from BCM, the school ranked number 12 overall among the top medical colleges in the country, with individual programs ranked fifth for the anesthesiology program and sixth for the physician assistant program. It also ranked 24th among the top medical schools in primary care, with its pediatric care program being ranked the 8th best in the country among all of its contemporaries. The rankings are in part a result of the strong partnership between the school and Texas Children’s Hospital, which is well-known for its programs in pediatrics, where BCM faculty and students train and work.
In addition, Rice University followed closely in terms of departmental rankings as well. Its Business School, where BCM M.D. students often earn their MBA, was ranked 30 among the top 50 in the country. However, the highest ranked department at Rice University was the school’s Computer Science department, which was ranked twentieth in the nation. Closely following were the earth sciences, physics and astronomy, and mathematics departments, with ranks of 25, 26, and 28, respectively. The George R. Brown school of Engineering and department of chemistry were ranked at number 33 (Based on a report in the Houston Business Journal , March 12, 2014).
Finally, the University of Houston (UH) also earned obtained notable rankings in the report. The UH School of Business and Public Health was ranked 59th, while the department of psychology was ranked at 70th.