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University of Iowa News Release


March 28, 2008

NOTE: This release presents the U.S.News rankings in two ways: comparing public and private universities together (as the magazine presents the rankings in "America's Best Graduate Schools 2009") and comparing the UI only to other public universities (derived by pulling out private universities and recalculating). This is intended to give readers a better idea of how the UI is ranked compared to other publicly funded peer institutions across the country.

U.S.News ranks 23 UI programs among top 10 in nation among public universities

U.S.News & World Report now ranks 23 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 2009" ranks the UI's speech-language pathology and audiology graduate programs as first among public universities. Previous No. 1 rankings of three other UI graduate programs -- physician assistant and nursing specialties in Nursing Service Administration and Gerontological/Geriatric - as compared to other public universities will be carried over into the guidebook's print edition, which is due out March 31.

Other highly ranked UI graduate programs, compared to public universities, are: printmaking, 2 (new ranking); social psychology, 3; physical therapy, 3; rural medicine, 3; rehabilitation counseling, 4; earth sciences specialties-paleontology, 5; nursing-anesthesia, 6; nursing specialty-nurse practitioner: pediatric, 6; Master of Fine Arts program in art and design (new ranking), 7; physics specialties-plasma, 7 (new ranking); College of Law, 7 (new ranking); Master of Fine Arts specialty-painting/drawing, 7; Carver College of Medicine-primary care (new ranking), 7; clinical psychology, 8; engineering specialty-environmental/environmental health, 9 (new ranking); nursing, master's, 9; education specialty-student counseling and personnel services, 10 (new ranking); and education specialty-higher education administration, 10 (new ranking).

"These rankings reflect the outstanding caliber of our programs and the commitment of everyone involved to providing a world-class education," said UI President Sally Mason. "Academic excellence is a collaborative effort, and the rankings are a real tribute to everyone -- from our deans and faculty to our staff and students -- for the expertise and dedication that they share daily through teaching, research and service."

UI Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Lola Lopes agreed. "This is very encouraging to see the rankings moving us toward our aspiration to be one of the nation's top 10 public research universities," Lopes said. "The fact that we have a number of graduate programs so highly ranked reminds us of how fortunate we are to have outstanding educational opportunities here in the heartland that draw students from across the state as well as the nation and world."

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

"Not only have some of our traditionally strong programs maintained their top rankings, but we had substantial improvements in speech language pathology and in primary care in the UI Carver College of Medicine," Keller said. "This recognition is an excellent indicator of the strength of many of our graduate programs that have a major impact on improving people's lives and contributing to the academic vitality of this campus and the community."

Highlights of the graduate school rankings are scheduled for publication in the April 7-14 edition of U.S.News & World Report's magazine, available for newsstand purchase as of Monday, March 31. It's "America's Best Graduate Schools" guidebook goes on sale Tuesday, April 1. All of the information in the printed guide, plus deeper rankings that are available only online, may 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 2009 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 Speech-Language Pathology, master's (At the UI, this program is in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, formerly named the Department of Speech Pathology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) (1)

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 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)

*3 Medicine Specialty-Rural Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (3)

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

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

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

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

*7 Master of Fine Arts program in art and design (CLAS) (21)

*7 Physics Specialties-Plasma, doctorate (CLAS) (9)

*7 College of Law (27)

7 Fine Arts Specialty-Painting/Drawing, master's (CLAS) (19)

*7 College of Medicine-Primary Care (Carver College of Medicine) (7)

*8 Clinical Psychology, doctorate (CLAS) (9)

*9 Engineering Specialty-Environmental/Environmental Health (15)

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

*10 Education Specialty-Student Counseling and Personnel Services (College of Education) (12)

*10 Education Specialty-Higher Education Administration (College of Education) (16)

11 Nursing Specialty-Family (College of Nursing) (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 Political Science, doctorate (CLAS) (25)

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

*14 College of Medicine-Research (Carver College of Medicine) (31)

*15 Medical Specialty-Family Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) (18)

15 English, doctorate (CLAS) (28)

*15 Pharmacy, Pharm.D. (College of Pharmacy) (16)

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

17 History, doctorate (CLAS) (32)

*20 Engineering Specialty-Biomedical/Bioengineering (College of Engineering) (40)

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

20 Sociology, doctorate (CLAS) (34)

*21 College of Education (31)

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

*23 College of Business (49)

25 Psychology (CLAS) (47)

*29 Engineering Specialty-Civil (College of Engineering) (43)

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

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

*32 Engineering Specialty-Mechanical (College of Engineering) (52)

*32 Mathematics, doctorate (CLAS) (55)

*33 Engineering Specialty-Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) (57)

*35 Engineering Schools (61)

*35 Physics, doctorate (CLAS) (56)

*37 Computer Science, doctorate (CLAS) (61)

*39 Chemistry, doctorate (CLAS) (62)

*39 Engineering Specialty-Electrical/Electronic/Communications (College of Engineering) (65)

47 Earth Sciences, doctorate (CLAS) (70)

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