University of Rochester

U.S. News Rates University Graduate Programs Among Country's Best

February 20, 1998

Seven University of Rochester programs have placed in U.S. News & World Report's 1998 listing of top graduate schools in the country. Medicine, business, public affairs, nursing, political science, engineering, and economics are included in the "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue and guidebook.

The highest ranking achieved was by the School of Medicine and Dentistry, which placed third on the list of top primary care schools.

"We're very gratified to be ranked so highly once again in such a striking variety of disciplines," says Charles Phelps, provost. "We're very proud of our faculty and the research they conduct as well as the education they provide -- from training tomorrow's health care providers to developing the corporate, policy, and technology leaders of the next century."

The guide lists the top schools in 30 different disciplines and also ranks schools by specialties within the disciplines.

The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, which has been among the top 25 business schools since U.S. News began its survey in 1990, again ranked 20th.

The School of Nursing ranked 18th for top nursing programs overall, while the adult and geriatric nurse practitioner programs were ranked among the top 10. Also at the Medical Center, the geriatrics program was ranked 10th.

"These honors are further evidence that the forward momentum of the University of Rochester Medical Center is being noticed across the country," said Jay H. Stein, senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs. "Our reputation for excellence in preparing primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses reinforces our drive to make the University of Rochester Medical Center a world-class center for biomedical research as well."

In the magazine's first-ever ranking of public affairs programs, the University's master's degree in public administration and public policy placed 30th; the health policy and management program ranked 10th as a specialty.

The University's doctoral program in political science ranked 10th, with American politics ranked 6th as a specialty; and the doctoral program in economics ranked 14th in the nation. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' programs ranked 50th in the country.

The graduate school rankings will appear in the March 2 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which will be on the newsstands Feb. 23. The rankings are also available online at The web site provides an expanded list of rankings, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, English, history, physics, and psychology.

The University's Eastman School of Music was ranked first in the most recent U.S. News survey of graduate music programs, which was announced last year.