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Our doctoral program ranks at the top of  31 Classics programs in the United States rated by the National Research Council.  In a long-awaited report released in September, 2010each department is allocated a range of figures (rather than a single rank-order grade) that indicates the strength of its faculty (in terms of publications, grants and awards) as well as the success of graduate students (in terms of time-to-degree and numbers obtaining academic jobs, among other factors).

Stanford’s Classics program was rated from 1-6 (first to sixth) in the “regression” portion of the rankings and 1-4 (first to fourth) in the survey portion. The latter is based on faculty opinions of the relative importance of various program factors in general, while the former reflects a regression analysis linking reputational scores to the program factors. (Full explanations and details are here.) Overall, these ranges are higher and narrower than those awarded any other program (the next closest competitors being Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, and Princeton).

In addition, The Chronicle of Higher Education has provided a useful online tool for comparing NRC-ranked programs, available here.