The best professors in the country are at Duke University in Durham, N.C., according to a new ranking by RateMyProfessors.com.
It’s a big shakeup, considering Duke wasn’t even in the top 25 last year. Stanford University, last year’s No. 1, dropped to fourth place. Many of the other top schools for the 2012 ranking fell out of the top 10, replaced by large private universities and flagship colleges.
The ranking from RateMyProfessors, a website powered by mtvU for students to review faculty, is based on the overall average professor rating and a school’s overall school rating. The website requires at least 30 rated professors and a minimum of 30 campus ratings for a university to be considered for the list. Despite the dominance of large universities this year, the website insisted school size does not affect the outcome of the list.
Duke and Stanford also made the top 10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report’s list of best national universities. Cornell University was the highest ranked Ivy League school in the RateMyProfessor list.