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April 7, 2002
The College of Computing continues to move up in the latest ranking of doctoral computer science (CS) programs by U.S. News & World Report. The College currently ranks 12th, tied with the University of Maryland, for doctoral CS programs, a move up from the 13th position in the previous ranking of CS programs in 1999.
Additionally, three CS specialty areas received national rankings by the magazine. Georgia Tech is ranked as 8th best for Computer Systems (not included in previous years), 12th for Artificial Intelligence and 16th for Theory. These extensive specialty rankings are available by purchasing U.S. News’ "premium online edition" at www.usnews.com.
The magazine's rankings, also available in print in the magazine’s annual special edition guidebook titled "Best Graduate Schools," are based on a survey of deans and department chairs at CS programs around the country.
Two other programs, not ranked in the current year, received rankings by the magazine in the last listing of doctoral CS programs in 1999. Georgia Tech ranked 4th in 1999 in Graphics/User Interaction and 7th for Databases, bringing the current total number of ranked specialty programs to five.
A rankings summary of all Georgia Tech graduate programs may be viewed at http://www.news-info.gatech.edu/news_releases/usnewsgrad2003.html.
The U.S. News rankings follow a National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) online survey in the fall that gave the College high marks for doctoral student satisfaction. The College received an overall grade of B+ and is among 10 programs in the first of four quartiles of 35 computer science programs in the survey. The overall average for computer science programs is a B. The College is the only program from the South listed in the first quartile of schools receiving an overall grade average of B+ or higher (total points ranking from 75 to 100).