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University of Iowa News Release


March 30, 2007

NOTE: This is a corrected release.

U.S.News Ranks 21 UI Programs Among Top 10 In Nation

U.S.News & World Report now ranks 21 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country among public universities, placing five of them in first place.

"America's Best Graduate Schools 2008" ranks the UI's physician assistant, nursing service administration and gerontological/geriatric nursing graduate programs as first among public universities. Previous No. 1 rankings of two other UI graduate programs -- speech-language pathology and audiology -- will be carried over into the guidebook's print edition, which is due out April 2.

Other highly ranked UI graduate programs, compared to public universities, are printmaking, 2; social psychology, 3; physical therapy, 3; master of fine arts, 4; rehabilitation counseling, 4 (new ranking); rural medicine, 4 (new ranking); paleontology, 5; nursing-anesthesia, 6 (new ranking); pediatric nurse practitioner, 6 (new ranking)); plasma physics, 6; College of Law, 7 (new ranking); painting/drawing, 7; nursing master's, 9 (new ranking); clinical psychology, 10; internal medicine, 10 (new ranking); the engineering specialty of environmental/environmental health, 10 (new ranking); and clinical psychology, 10.

"The University of Iowa strives continuously to distinguish itself academically among public universities, and rankings such as these only underscore how successful many of our colleges and programs have been at achieving excellence," UI Interim President Gary Fethke said. "The rankings are really a tribute to all the people in these programs, including the deans, department heads, faculty, staff and students. I am grateful to all of them for their efforts to make the University of Iowa distinctive."

UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan agreed.

"Rankings like these serve as one indicator of how well we're doing as we work  toward our strategic planning goals, and our aspiration to be one of the nation's top 10 public research universities," Hogan said. "The fact that so many of our graduate programs are already at or approaching top 10 status should remind us all that we're blessed with a world-class university right here in Iowa."

John Keller, dean of the Graduate College, said he's pleased that a number of the university's graduate program offerings have again been recognized as among the best in the nation.

"Not only have our traditionally strong programs maintained their top rankings, but at least one, biological sciences, made substantial improvements in the rankings," Keller said. "This recognition, amongst other indicators, reflects well on the strength and breadth of the graduate program offerings at the University of Iowa and is a tribute to our students and faculty."

The full, print edition of the annual guide will be available at newsstands Monday, April 2. All of the information in the printed guide, plus deeper rankings that are available only online, may also be found at 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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Following are all ranked UI graduate schools, specialties and programs, beginning with the highest-ranked programs. 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 (*) are new for the 2008 issue of "America's Best Graduate Schools." All other rankings are from previous years but still stand. Some of the rankings are from an expanded list available online at with a paid subscription.

*1 Physician Assistant, master's/doctorate (Carver College of Medicine) (1)

*1 Nursing Specialty-Nursing Service Administration (College of Nursing) (1)

*1 Nursing Specialty-Gerontological/Geriatric (College of Nursing) (2)

1 Speech-Language Pathology, master's (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) (1)

1 Audiology, master's/doctorate (CLAS) (2)

2 Printmaking (CLAS) (2)

2 Sociology Specialties-Social Psychology (CLAS) (3)

3 Physical Therapy, master's/doctorate (Carver College of Medicine Division of Associated Medical Sciences) (5)

4 Master of Fine Arts (CLAS) (10)

*4 Rehabilitation Counseling, master's/doctorate (College of Education) (4)

*4 Medicine Specialty-Rural Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (4)

5 Earth Sciences Specialties-Paleontology, doctorate (CLAS) (8)

*6 Nursing-Anesthesia, master's (College of Nursing) (6)

*6 Nursing Specialty-Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric (College of Nursing) (13)

6 Physics Specialties-Plasma, doctorate (CLAS) (8)

*7 College of Law (24)

7 Fine Arts Specialty-Painting/Drawing, master's (CLAS) (18)

*9 Nursing, master's (College of Nursing) (12)

10 Clinical Psychology, doctorate (CLAS) (15)

*10 Medical Specialty-Internal Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (24)

*10 Engineering Specialty-Environmental/Environmental Health (16)

*11 Nursing Specialty-Nurse Practitioner: Family (College of Nursing) (16)

*11 Public Health (College of Public Health (18)

*12 Healthcare Management, master's (previously cited in rankings as Health Services Management. At the UI, this program is located in the College of Public Health Department of Health Management and Policy) (17)

*12 Education Specialty-Higher Education Administration (College of Education) (18)

*12 Education Specialty-Counseling/Personnel Services (College of Education) (12)

12 Political Science, doctorate (CLAS) (25)

*13 Medical Specialty-Family Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (15)

*13 Carver College of Medicine-Research (Carver College of Medicine) (30)

*14 Carver College of Medicine-Primary Care (Carver College of Medicine) (18)

*15 Business Specialty-Accounting (Tippie College of Business) (26)

*15 Education Specialty-Educational Psychology (College of Education) (19)

15 English, doctorate (CLAS) (28)

16 Economics, doctorate (Tippie College of Business) (34)

16 Pharmacy, Pharm.D. (College of Pharmacy) (17)

*17 Engineering Specialty-Biomedical/Bioengineering (College of Engineering) (34)

17 History, doctorate (CLAS) (32)

*19 College of Education (28)

20 Psychology (College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations) (36)

20 Sociology, doctorate (CLAS) (34)

*23 Biological Sciences, doctorate (CLAS)(48)

*23 College of Business (50)

*26 Engineering Specialty-Industrial/Manufacturing (College of Engineering) (34)

*27 Engineering Specialty-Civil (College of Engineering) (41)

27 Psychology, doctorate (CLAS) (47)

29 Library and Information Studies, doctorate (Graduate College) (33)

*30 Engineering Specialty-Mechanical (College of Engineering) (50)

31 Social Work, master's (CLAS) (46)

32. Mathematics, doctorate (CLAS) (56)

*34 Engineering Specialty-Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) (56)

*36 Engineering Schools (61)

*39 Chemistry, doctorate (CLAS) (62)

*39 Engineering Specialty: Electrical/Electronic/Communications (College of Engineering) (68)

37 Physics, doctorate (CLAS) (62)

43 Computer Science, doctorate (CLAS) (67)

47 Earth Sciences, doctorate (CLAS) (70)

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