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University of Iowa News Release

March 31, 2006

U.S. News Ranks Nine UI Colleges And Graduate Programs In Top 10

U.S. News & World Report has ranked nine University of Iowa colleges and graduate programs among the top 10 best in the United States, and an additional 10 in the top 25, when compared with other public universities.

"America's Best Graduate Schools" ranked the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine specialty of rural medicine fourth-best in the nation, and both the earth sciences specialty of paleontology (in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) and the College of Law specialty of international law fifth-best among public schools.

Additionally, the physics specialty of plasma (a Ph.D. program also in CLAS) was ranked sixth-best, the College of Law overall seventh-best, the College of Education specialty of higher education administration and the College of Engineering specialty of environmental engineering/environmental health ninth best, and the Carver College of Medicine (in the area of primary care) and its specialty of family medicine 10th-best among public universities.

The UI also continues to maintain its high standing in graduate programs that are ranked every few years, like sociology and speech-language pathology. Last year, for instance, the UI's sociology specialty of social psychology was second-best in the country among public universities. And in 2003, the UI's nursing service administration program (in the College of Nursing) and speech-language pathology master's program (in CLAS) were both ranked first in the country among public schools. 

"Our strategic plan states as the primary aspiration making the University of Iowa one of the 10 most distinguished public research universities in the United States," UI President David Skorton said. "These numbers are great indicators of our dedicated faculty and staff, and a reason why so many students choose to come to Iowa for their education."

UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan agreed.

"As we focus on the goals of our strategic plan, rankings play a role in gauging our progress," Hogan said. "Though some programs have gained in these rankings   and others have dropped, it's the long list of graduate programs in which we excel that continues to make me proud.  The University of Iowa truly is an academic gem among public universities, and we will strive to preserve that reputation."

John Keller, dean of the Graduate College, said, "We are constantly striving to attain excellence in our graduate programs. It's gratifying to realize that a large number of our programs are putting the University of Iowa on the map as an institution of superior graduate education."

Following are all newly ranked graduate schools, specialties and programs, beginning with the highest rankings. Rankings at the front end of each entry are as compared to other public universities. The overall ranking, comparing UI colleges and programs to all public and private universities, is listed subsequently in parentheses.

Rankings with an asterisk (*) will be included in the print version of "America's Best Graduate Schools 2007." All other ranked programs will be included in an expanded rankings available online at www.usnews.com with a paid subscription.

*4. College of Medicine-Specialty of Rural Medicine in a tie with the Oregon Health and Science University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 4, in a tie with the Oregon Health and Science University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.)

*5. Earth Sciences Specialties-Paleontology (Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 8)

5. Law Specialty-International Law. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 12)

*6. Physics Specialties-Plasma (Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 8, in a tie with Columbia University)

*7. College of Law. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 22, in a tie with Boston University, the University of Notre Dame and Washington and Lee University)

9. Education Specialty-Higher Education Administration in a tie with Florida State University and Ohio State University. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 13, in a tie with Florida State University, Ohio State University and Teachers College at Columbia University)

9. Engineering Specialty-Environmental/Environmental Health in a tie with the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 15, in a tie with Rice University, the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

*10. College of Medicine (Primary Care) in a tie with the University of Nebraska  College of Medicine. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 11, in a tie with Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.)

10. Medical Specialty-Family Medicine, in tie with University of California-Davis and University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 12, in tie with University of California-Davis and University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center.)

11. Education Specialty-Counseling/Personnel Services. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 11)

*13. College of Medicine (Research). (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 30, in a tie with Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

13. Education Specialty-Secondary Education. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 16)

13. Business Specialty- Accounting in tie with Texas A&M and the University of Georgia. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 24, in tie with Texas A&M and the University of Georgia)

17. Education Specialty-Curriculum/Instruction. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 21)

*18. College of Education. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 27, in a tie with the University of Southern California)

21. Engineering Specialty-Biomedical/Bioengineering in a tie with Clemson University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and the University of California-Los Angeles. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 42, in a tie with Clemson University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of California-Los Angeles and Yale University.)

22. Engineering Specialty-Industrial Manufacturing in a tie with Clemson University and the University of Oklahoma. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 30, in a tie with Clemson University and the University of Oklahoma.)

25. Engineering Specialty-Civil in a tie with Ohio State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 39, in a tie with Ohio State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia.)

25. College of Business. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 53)

*29. Biological Sciences (Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in a tie with Arizona State University, the OGI School of Science & Engineering-Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center, the University of Florida, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Oregon, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and the University of Utah. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 56, in a tie with Arizona State University, the OGI School of Science & Engineering-Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center, the University of Florida, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Oregon, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rochester, the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and the University of Utah.)

29. Engineering Specialty-Electrical/Electronic Communications in a tie with Colorado State University, Rutgers State University-New Brunswick, the University of Missouri-Rolla and the University of Utah. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 51, in a tie with Boston University, Colorado State University, Dartmouth College, Drexel University (Penn.), Lehigh University (Penn.), Rutgers State University-New Brunswick, the University of Missouri-Rolla, the University of Rochester and the University of Utah.)

30. Engineer Specialty-Mechanical in a tie with Michigan Technological University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Missouri-Rolla. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 50, in a tie with Dartmouth College, Drexel University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Michigan Technological University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Missouri-Rolla.)

32. Mathematics (Ph.D.) in a tie with the University of Florida, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Oregon and Virginia Tech. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 56, in a tie with the University of Florida, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Oregon, Vanderbilt University and Virginia Tech.)

33. College of Engineering. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 58)

34. Engineering Specialty-Computer Engineering in a tie with Auburn University, Clemson University, the University of California-Santa Cruz, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 58, in a tie with Auburn University, Clemson University, Polytechnic University (N.Y.), Syracuse University, the University of California-Santa Cruz, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.)

35. Engineering Specialty-Chemical in a tie with Clemson University, the Colorado School of Mines, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, the University of California-Irvine, the University of Connecticut and the University of Oklahoma. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 54, in a tie with Clemson University, the Colorado School of Mines, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, the University of California-Irvine, the University of Connecticut, the University of Oklahoma and Yale University.)

36. Chemistry (Ph.D.) in a tie with Rutgers State University-Newark, SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Oregon. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 56, in a tie with Dartmouth College, Rutgers State University-Newark, SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Oregon and Vanderbilt University.)

37. Physics (Ph.D.) in a tie with the College of William and Mary (Va.). (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 62, in a tie with Brandeis University (Mass.) and the College of William and Mary (Va.)

43. Computer Science (Ph.D.) in a tie with the University of New Mexico. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 67, in a tie with Case Western Reserve University, Syracuse University, the University of New Mexico and Vanderbilt University.)

47. Earth Sciences (Ph.D.) in a tie with Colorado State University, Florida State University, Michigan State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 70, in a tie with Colorado State University, Florida State University, Michigan State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.)

The U.S. News website's expanded rankings also include programs ranked in previous years and which still stand. Programs with an asterisk (*) are ranked first by their public standings and then, in parentheses, by their ranking against all public and private programs. All other UI programs are ranked against both public and private schools only:

1. Nursing Service Administration (2003 ranking)

1. Speech-Language Pathology (master's, 2003 ranking).

*2. Sociology Specialty of Social Psychology (2205 ranking). At the UI the sociology program resides in the CLAS. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 3.)

2. Audiology master's/doctorate (2003 ranking). At the UI, the Audiology program resides in the CLAS.

2. Nursing Specialties-Gerontological/Geriatric (2003 ranking)

2. Printmaking (2003 ranking). At the UI, the printmaking program resides in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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.

5. Physical Therapy master's/doctorate (2003 ranking)) At the UI, the physical therapy program is part of the Division of Associated Medical Sciences in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

8. Nursing (masters, 2003 ranking)

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

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

11. Nursing Specialty of Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric (2003 ranking)

*12. Political Science (2005 ranking), tied with Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Washington. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 25, tied with Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of Washington.) At the UI the Political Science Department resides in the CLAS.

*15. English (Ph.D.) program overall ranking (2005 ranking), tied with Pennsylvania State-University Park and the University of California-Santa Barbara. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 28, tied Pennsylvania State-University Park, the University of California-Santa Barbara, Emory University and Vanderbilt University.)

15. Clinical Psychology doctorate (2003 ranking). At the UI, the clinical psychology program resides in the department of psychology in the CLAS.

*16. Economics (Ph.D. program) (2005 ranking), tied with Michigan State University. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 34, tied with Michigan State University.) At the UI, the economics program resides in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

*16. Pharmacy (Pharm.D. program) (2005 ranking), tied with the University at Buffalo-SUNY, the University of Kansas and the University of Tennessee-Memphis. (Ranked among all public and private graduate programs: 17, tied with the University at Buffalo-SUNY, the University of Kansas and the University of Tennessee-Memphis.)

*17. History (Ph.D.) program overall ranking (2005 ranking), tied with the College of William and Mary, the University of California-Irvine, UC-San Diego, and UC-Santa Barbara. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 32, tied with College of William and Mary, the University of California-Irvine, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame.)

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

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

*20. Psychology (Research, Ph.D) (at the UI this resides in the College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations) (2005 ranking), tied with Ohio State University, Penn State-University Park, Penn State-University Park's Program in Human Development and Family Studies, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Ranking among all public and private graduate programs: 36, tied with Ohio State University, Penn State-University Park, Penn State-University Park's Program in Human Development and Family Studies, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, New York University, Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis.)

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

46. Social Work (master's, 2003 ranking).

The full, print edition of the annual guide will be available at newsstands Monday, April 3. All of the information in the printed guide, plus the deeper rankings that are available only online, also is found at http://www.usnews.com. A subscription is required to access all of the data.

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.

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

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