Graduate programs across the country are announcing their lack of faith in ranking methodology and their refusal to support or participate in these rankings. Below is a running list of the current schools that have opted out of cooperation with U.S. News’s law and medical school rankings.

The U.S. News rankings for graduate programs are, however, merely the tip of the educational rankings iceberg. College rankings are the original U.S. News sin; criteria used and the gaming by of the process by universities warp the information families receive in making applications decisions and create incentives for colleges that frequently run counter to their stated missions.

Perhaps the most harmful school rankings — based largely on standardized test scores — are those done by U.S. News and other services for K-12 schools. Read FairTest’s analysis of the rankings problem as it impacts all levels of education in this article.

Dropping the Rankings


Rankings of colleges and universities have become increasingly popular and increaingly subjective since the 1980s. Critics of rankings of k-12 schools, undergraduate institutions, and graduate schools have rightly pointed out the subjective nature of many ranking methodology. As a result, there has been a growing movement among top ranked institutions to cease cooperation with the production of the U.S. News rankings. Below we list those institutions and which rankings they have specifically opted out of.

List of Universities Refusing to Participate in U.S News Rankings