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UI Continues To Rank Highly in U.S. News Graduate School Report

The University of Iowa Colleges of Law, Business and Education all moved up in the national rankings in U.S. News & World Report's "2003 Guide to America's Best Graduate Schools," and for the first time the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. program in biological sciences was ranked among the top 50 in the country.

The College of Law moved up two spots, from No. 20 last year to No. 18 this year, tying with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of Southern California and Washington and Lee University. The Henry B. Tippie College of Business, which was ranked No. 35 last year, moved up to No. 34, tying with Southern Methodist University, the University of Arizona, the University of Georgia and the University of Notre Dame.

The College of Education also moved up one spot, from No. 30 to No. 29, tying with Cornell University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri-Columbia and University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The education specialty of counseling/personnel services was ranked this year at No. 10 in the nation. At the UI the program is housed in the College of Education's Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development.

Ranked for the first time this year was the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. program in biological sciences, which tied for No. 45 with Dartmouth, Brown, Rice and Michigan State universities, Penn State-University Park, , SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and the University of Maryland-College Park. The UI biological sciences program has not previously been ranked among the top 50.

The UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine also ranked highly again this year, No. 9 as a primary care college (down one spot from No. 8 last year), tying with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and No. 30 as a research college (down one spot from No. 29 last year). And the college's rural and family medicine specialties once again ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Rural medicine was ranked No. 7 (compared to its No. 3 ranking last year), and family medicine was ranked No. 9 (compared to No. 3 last year).

"This is great news, and it's a tribute to the excellent work of our faculty and staff," UI President Mary Sue Coleman said. "Our graduate programs in law, education, business, liberal arts and sciences and medicine are among the best in the nation, a fact underscored by the ever-growing number of applications from students across the country -- and the world -- who want to earn degrees in these disciplines at the University of Iowa."

The "2003 America's Best Graduate Schools" will be on newsstands Monday, April 8. The April 15 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which also goes on sale April 8, will contain many -- but not all -- of the rankings. All of the rankings and articles from Best Graduate Schools are available at U.S. News Online (a special paid subscription is required for full access) at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/grhome.htm U.S. News has been publishing graduate school rankings since 1994.

Top rankings garnered by the UI in previous years for other programs not re-ranked this year will also be published in the 2003 edition of America's Best Graduate School. Starting with those programs ranked highest, they are:

Audiology (master's/doctoral program). Ranked No. 1 in 2000 among all such programs in the nation accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. At the UI, the audiology program resides in the College of Liberal Arts.

Nursing Service Administration (master's program). Ranked No. 1 in 2000 among all such programs in the nation accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Speech-Language Pathology (master's). Ranked No. 1 in 2000 among all such programs in the nation accredited by the ASHA. At the UI, the speech pathology program resides in the College of Liberal Arts.

Physician Assistant (master's program). Ranked No. 2 in 2000 among programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, tying with George Washington University (D.C.).

Physical Therapy (master's/doctoral program). Ranked No. 3 in 2000 among programs accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, tying with Duke University, Emory University, the University of Miami (Florida), the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Pittsburgh.

Rehabilitation Counseling (master's). Ranked No. 3 in 2000 among programs accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, tying with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. At the UI, the Rehabilitation Counseling program resides in the College of Education.

Nurse Practitioner: Gerontological/Geriatrics (master's program). Ranked No. 4 in 2000.

Social Psychology (doctoral program). Ranked No. 4 in 2001.

Paleontology (doctoral program). Ranked No. 7 in 2000.

Clinical Psychology (doctoral program). Ranked No. 12 in 2001, tying with Duke University. At the UI the clinical psychology program resides in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Nursing (master's program). Ranked No. 12 in 2000, tying with Indiana University-Indianapolis, Rush University in Illinois, UNC-Chapel Hill (School of Public Health), the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Pittsburgh (Main Campus) and Yale University.

Psychology (doctoral program). Ranked No. 45 in 2001, tying with Arizona State University, Duke University (Department of Experimental Psychology), the University of Arizona, the University of California-Berkeley (School of Education), the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University of Oregon and the University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus. Note: This ranking is for the program within the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychology. Although the UI College of Education Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations' educational psychology program was ranked No. 61 in 2001, this year's rankings for that category only carry over the top 10 programs.


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