Best Public Policy Analysis Programs Comparison


Public Policy Analysis is for making social decisions made by businesses and governments. Using statistical information, economic tools and theories such as cost benefit analyses and case studies, a Public Policy Analyst needs to evaluate policy decisions. Here we introduce best colleges in the field of public-policy analysis where University of California-Berkeley is ranked top and Harvard University is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at public-policy analysis colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best public-policy analysis schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Public-Policy Analysis College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, California Public, Four or more years 35,893
2 Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 28,147
3 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan Public, Four or more years 43,426
4 University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 15,245
5 Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 7,975
6 Duke University Durham, North Carolina Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 15,386
7 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 11,978
8 Syracuse University Syracuse, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 21,029
9 Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, Indiana Public, Four or more years 42,133
10 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin Public, Four or more years 42,269

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Public-Policy Analysis College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
University of California-Berkeley No $ 70 21.6%
(20.6%/22.5%)
Harvard University No $ 75 5.8%
(5.9%/5.7%)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor No $ 65 36.6%
(34.0%/39.4%)
University of Chicago No $ 75 13.2%
(13.7%/12.7%)
Princeton University No $ 65 7.9%
(7.7%/8.1%)
Duke University No $ 75 14.0%
(13.9%/14.0%)
Carnegie Mellon University No $ 70 27.8%
(23.8%/34.4%)
Syracuse University No $ 70 51.3%
(48.0%/54.1%)
Indiana University-Bloomington No $ 55 74.4%
(73.7%/75.0%)
University of Wisconsin-Madison No $ 44 68.6%
(66.0%/71.1%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Public-Policy Analysis colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

Table. Best Public-Policy Analysis Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
University of California-Berkeley $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 34,098$ 1,654 $ 11,220$ 1,654$ 26,322$ 1,654
Harvard University $ 37,576$ 3,290$ 37,576$ 3,290 $ 37,576$ 930$ 37,576$ 930
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $ 13,625$ 194$ 40,302$ 194 $ 19,240$ 194$ 38,882$ 194
University of Chicago $ 43,581$ 993$ 43,581$ 993 $ 45,900$ 930$ 45,900$ 930
Princeton University $ 38,650$ 887$ 38,650$ 887 $ 38,650$ 1,850$ 38,650$ 1,850
Duke University $ 42,308$ 1,315$ 42,308$ 1,315 $ 42,805$ 762$ 42,805$ 762
Carnegie Mellon University $ 44,880$ 880$ 44,880$ 880 $ 37,950$ 664$ 37,950$ 664
Syracuse University $ 37,610$ 1,394$ 37,610$ 1,394 $ 29,976$ 1,080$ 29,976$ 1,080
Indiana University-Bloomington $ 8,750$ 1,283$ 30,200$ 1,283 $ 7,726$ 1,283$ 22,512$ 1,283
University of Wisconsin-Madison $ 9,273$ 1,105$ 25,523$ 1,105 $ 10,728$ 1,105$ 24,054$ 1,105

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Public-Policy Analysis school.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Public-Policy Analysis Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
University of California-Berkeley 2,36053%$ 16,141 1,29429%$ 5,787
Harvard University 1,02262%$ 41,555 17711%$ 5,118
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 3,06949%$ 13,298 2,32437%$ 6,793
University of Chicago 83759%$ 28,033 39328%$ 6,116
Princeton University 78160%$ 33,894 1098%$ 3,543
Duke University 97557%$ 33,191 50229%$ 4,878
Carnegie Mellon University 87361%$ 24,263 66847%$ 7,537
Syracuse University 2,37870%$ 25,371 2,03260%$ 8,583
Indiana University-Bloomington 3,78351%$ 10,950 2,86639%$ 7,127
University of Wisconsin-Madison 3,42759%$ 5,446 2,36841%$ 6,843

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Public-Policy Analysisschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Public-Policy Analysis Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
University of California-Berkeley 35,89325,018756 9,381738
Harvard University 28,1477,2333,331 13,1634,420
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 43,42627,046933 13,9201,527
University of Chicago 15,2455,55959 7,1612,466
Princeton University 7,9755,3270 2,6480
Duke University 15,3866,63124 8,293438
Carnegie Mellon University 11,9785,737184 5,159898
Syracuse University 21,02914,169629 4,6341,597
Indiana University-Bloomington 42,13330,9491,422 6,3143,448
University of Wisconsin-Madison 42,26928,1672,134 9,8672,101

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Public-Policy Analysis schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Public-Policy Analysis Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
University of California-Berkeley 90.68%
(3,777 / 4,165)
89.50%
(1,696 / 1,895)
91.67%
(2,081 / 2,270)
Harvard University 96.96%
(1,628 / 1,679)
96.00%
(769 / 801)
97.84%
(859 / 878)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 90.68%
(4,857 / 5,356)
89.03%
(2,361 / 2,652)
92.31%
(2,496 / 2,704)
University of Chicago 91.97%
(1,157 / 1,258)
91.45%
(567 / 620)
92.48%
(590 / 638)
Princeton University 96.01%
(1,179 / 1,228)
95.09%
(620 / 652)
97.05%
(559 / 576)
Duke University 94.53%
(1,591 / 1,683)
94.71%
(805 / 850)
94.36%
(786 / 833)
Carnegie Mellon University 86.77%
(1,233 / 1,421)
84.81%
(737 / 869)
89.86%
(496 / 552)
Syracuse University 81.67%
(2,487 / 3,045)
78.37%
(1,065 / 1,359)
84.34%
(1,422 / 1,686)
Indiana University-Bloomington 75.33%
(5,430 / 7,208)
73.75%
(2,458 / 3,333)
76.70%
(2,972 / 3,875)
University of Wisconsin-Madison 81.80%
(4,608 / 5,633)
79.81%
(2,075 / 2,600)
83.51%
(2,533 / 3,033)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
University of California-Berkeley 5.0%6.3% 6.3%5.9% 5.9%
Harvard University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 8.3%8.3% 8.3%8.3% 8.3%
University of Chicago 9.1%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
Princeton University 20.0%16.7% 16.7%16.7% 16.7%
Duke University 10.0%12.5% 12.5%14.3% 14.3%
Carnegie Mellon University 9.1%9.1% 8.3%8.3% 7.7%
Syracuse University 6.7%6.7% 6.3%6.3% 6.3%
Indiana University-Bloomington 5.6%5.3% 5.3%5.3% 5.6%
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4.5%4.5% 4.5%4.5% 5.6%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at public-policy analysis colleges comparison page.

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