When I started looking at CW MFA programs I immediately looked online for you guest it: a rankings list of programs. I definitely wasn't disappointed. There are numerous lists, which are sponsored and compiled by different authorities. Just take a gander at Seth Abramson's personal blog. He's got the torture down to a science with different criteria and several lists.
I learned, sometime ago, that Iowa's Writers Workshop is widely regarded as the top program while studying as an undergrad. Additionally, an old buddy of mine had luck (back then) and was immediately accepted by Johns Hopkins' program, which I believe is considered another prestigious program. Do these rankings really matter in the whole scheme of things?