UVa. Fares Well in U.S. News’ Graduate and Professional Rankings

March 11, 2014

The University of Virginia earns high spots in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings.

The School of Law (rated No. 8 overall), Darden School of Business (No. 11), Curry School of Education (No. 22), School of Medicine (No. 26) and School of Engineering and Applied Science (No. 40) are all among the best in the nation, according to new rankings in the “2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools” report, released Tuesday.

The School of Nursing also ranks No. 11 overall, but U.S. News has not updated that ranking since 2011.

“It’s gratifying to see our graduate and professional programs earn a well-deserved reputation for excellence,” said John D. Simon, UVa.’s executive vice president and provost.

The report bases its rankings on two kinds of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

The University of Virginia boasts five national-caliber science programs, including four in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: physics (No. 44), chemistry (No. 49), biological sciences (No. 50) and mathematics (No. 52). In the Engineering School, computer science ranked No. 29.

UVa. remains highly rated in several fields that were ranked in past years, but whose rankings were not updated this time around.

Last year. U.S. News rated several UVa. programs in the social sciences and humanities among the nation’s best, including English (10th overall, with top-five subprograms in American literature before 1865, American literature after 1865 and British literature from the 18th to the 20th centuries); history (20th overall, with a top-five ranking in U.S. colonial history); psychology (No. 26 overall, with a top-five program in developmental psychology); economics (No. 30 overall); sociology (No. 35 overall); and political science (No. 36 overall).

In older rankings, clinical psychology was rated No. 18 overall in 2012, while two nursing fields rated highly in 2011: the clinical nurse specialist (No. 8) and nurse practitioner (No. 21) programs.

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