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April 2, 2004

U.S. News & World Report Issues New Graduate School Rankings

The University of Iowa continues to maintain and gain recognition for its academic programs, with No. 1 ranked Speech-Language Pathology and No. 2 ranked Audiology leading the way, according to new rankings of graduate programs by U.S.News & World Report for its 2005 "America's Best Graduate Schools."

All told, 27 UI colleges and programs were newly ranked this year among the nation's best. With carryover rankings from previous years, led by No. 1 ranked Nursing Service Administration (ranked in 2003), more than 50 UI colleges and programs will be touted by U.S.News this year as among the nation's best.

Four UI programs are newly ranked among the top 10 in the nation: Primary Care and Physical Therapy in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

Another 10 colleges and programs are in the top 25: the College of Education and its programs of Counseling/Personnel Services, Secondary Education, Educational Psychology, and Higher Education Administration; Rural Medicine in the UI Carver College of Medicine; Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering; the College of Law and its International Law program; and Clinical Psychology in CLAS.

"It is amazing to me that in this period of fiscal challenges our graduate colleges and programs continue to excel at providing some of this country's best opportunities for education, research and outreach," UI President David Skorton said. "It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding faculty and staff, and it makes me extraordinarily proud to be a part of this university."

Here is a complete listing of the new rankings by college and specialty area:

Overall ranking: 47 (tied with Boston University, Tulane University and the University of California-Irvine)
28. Accounting (tied with Michigan State University)

Overall ranking: 11 (tied with Northwestern University)
13. Counseling/Personnel Services (tied with Michigan State University)
15. Secondary Education (tied with University of California-Berkeley)
16. Educational Psychology (tied with Northwestern University)
17. Higher Education Administration

Overall ranking: 60 (tied with the University of Illinois-Chicago)
16. Environmental Engineering (tied with Rice University)
28. Civil Engineering (tied with Colorado State University, Columbia University, Iowa State University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida)
28. Industrial/Manufacturing (tied with the University of Buffalo-SUNY)
37. Biomedical/Bioengineering (tied with Clemson University, Cornell University, and Rutgers State University-New Brunswick)
50. Chemical Engineering (tied with Arizona State University, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, Michigan State University, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Connecticut)
50. Computer Engineering (tied with Boston University, Lehigh University, Northeastern University, Southern Methodist University, SUNY-Stony Brook and Washington State University)
53. Mechanical Engineering (tied with Brigham Young University, Drexel University, SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
62. Electrical/Electronic/Communications (tied with Auburn University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Delaware, the University of Illinois-Chicago and Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

1. Speech-Language Pathology (Master's) (tied with the University of Wisconsin-Madison) At the UI, the speech-language pathology program resides in the CLAS.
2. Audiology (master's/doctorate) At the UI, the audiology program resides in the CLAS.
5. Physical Therapy (master's/doctorate) (tied with the MGH Institute of Health Professions and the U.S. Army-Baylor University. At the UI, the physical therapy program is part of the Division of Associated Medical Sciences in the UI Carver College of Medicine).
15. Clinical Psychology (doctorate) (tied with SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Virginia Department of Psychology). At the UI, the clinical psychology program resides in the department of psychology in the CLAS.
46. Social Work (master's) (tied with Arizona State University, Catholic University of America, Colorado State University, Loyola University Chicago, San Diego State University, St. Louis University, Syracuse University New York, Tulane University, SUNY-Buffalo, University of Connecticut and the University of Houston). At the UI, the clinical psychology program resides in the CLAS.

Overall ranking: 23 (tied with Boston University, Emory University and Washington and Lee University)
18. International Law (tied with the University of Washington)

Overall ranking (Research): 28 (tied with Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
Overall ranking (Primary Care): 9 (tied with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Missouri-Columbia)
13. Rural Medicine (tied with Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine)
22. Pediatrics
26. Internal Medicine (tied with the University of Virginia)

The U.S. News guide to graduate schools will also include UI programs ranked in recent years but not newly ranked in 2004. These include, in order of those programs ranked highest:

1. Nursing Service Administration (2003 ranking)

2. Nursing Specialties-Gerontological/Geriatric (2003)

2. Printmaking (2003 ranking)

2. Physician Assistant (masters, 2003 ranking)

3. Rehabilitation Counseling (master's/doctorate, 2003 ranking) At the UI, the Rehabilitation Counseling program resides in the College of Education.

7. Paleontology (doctoral program, 2000 ranking)

8. Nursing (masters, 2003 ranking)

10. Health Services Administration (master's, 2003 ranking)

10. Fine Arts (master's, 2003 ranking)

11. Nursing Specialties: Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric (2003 ranking)

18. Fine Arts Specialties: Painting/Drawing (2003 ranking)

18. Public Health (master's/doctorate) (2003 ranking)

25. Nursing: Anesthesia (master's, 2003 ranking)

27. English (2001 ranking)

27. Political Science (2001 ranking)

28. Sociology (2001 ranking)

31. Economics (2001 ranking)

32. History (2001 ranking)

45. Psychology (doctoral program, 2003 ranking) Note: This ranking was for the program within the CLAS department of psychology.

45. Biological Sciences (2002 ranking)

55. Mathematics (2002 ranking)

58. Chemistry (2002 ranking)

59. Applied Mathematics (2002 ranking)

60. Computer Science (2002 ranking)

61. Physics (2002 ranking)

61. Psychology (2001 ranking)

More ranking information is available online at A subscription is required.

The print version of the guide to graduate schools will appear on newsstands on Monday, April 5. Many of the ranking categories will also appear in the April 12 edition of U.S.News & World Report, the weekly newsmagazine, which goes on sale that same day.

Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate programs in the areas of business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,000 programs and nearly 9,100 academics and other professionals conducted in fall 2003.

U.S. News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual America's Best Graduate Schools report began in 1990.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

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