O.K let me break it down like this. 1) Harvard 2) Duke 3) Hopkins 4) WashU 5) Upenn 6) UCSF 7) Columbia 8) Stanford 9) Yale 10) UMich-Ann Arbor Harvard is waaay too bad-ass and will hold the #1 spot for at least another 2 decades. Hopkins really f-ed up this time with the well publicized scandal about research on human subjects. I think they'll get punished for that. Duke is doing everything right and covering all bases thoroughly; It's going to pay them off like it did last year. In its race with WashU, Penn is fuelled largely by its Ivyness and longstanding tradition. This race can only last so long. WashU is a damn beast and will probably shake Penn off its back this time. Same deal with Columbia and UCSF. Fresh-faced UCSF will probably upset the Ivy-veteran Columbia. Stanford remains a powerhouse in the eyes of academics. The Harvard of the west is likely to gain some ground on Yale. UMich holds its place. Baylor, Cornell, and UWasington ain't got nothin on UMich. Take it all with a truck-load of salt; however, I think I make some really good points that will prove precise come the 2002 rankings. PREDICT AWAY!!!