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The graduate programs at the Wharton School and Penn Nursing both slipped in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Graduate School rankings, but other graduate schools at Penn fared the same or better than in the previous year.

Penn’s Wharton School is ranked number four on the business school list this year, down one spot from the 2016 rankings. The third spot went to University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business instead.

Penn’s graduate nursing program is ranked second this year, and Johns Hopkins University nabbed the first-place spot that Penn held in the 2016 rankings.

The Perelman School of Medicine fared substantially better, coming out in a three-way tie for third place among medical research universities in this year’s rankings along with University of California at San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University. This is up two spots from its fifth place spot last year.

Penn’s Graduate School of Education also experienced a jump and is ranked at No. 6 this year, up one spot from last year.

Penn Law School holds the same position as last year at No. 7 on the law school list.

U.S. News and World Report determines the rankings based on both statistical indicators and expert opinions. Statistical indicators include the school’s acceptance rate, mean starting salary of the 2015 graduates and their employment rates. The rankings also take into account the mean GMAT and GRE scores and undergraduate GPAs of incoming students.

The expert opinions include peer assessment scores from directors, deans of other graduate schools in each department and recruiter assessment scores.

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