University of Virginia Earns High Marks in U.S. News & World Report Guide to ‘America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008’

March 30, 2007 -- The University of Virginia once again received high marks for the quality of its graduate schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released today in “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2008.”

In the first survey of graduate nursing programs since 2003, U.Va.’s School of Nursing was ranked 19th, seven spots higher than in the previous survey. In addition to the overall ranking of master’s programs, two of the School of Nursing’s Clinical Nurse Specialist programs were recognized among the nation’s best: Psychiatric/Mental Health was ranked 5th and Adult/Medical-Surgical was ranked 6th — the same positions each program held in the 2003 rankings.

"The increase in rankings demonstrates the strength of our research and our academic offerings, although the ranking of master's programs describes only a portion of our excellent academic initiatives,” said School of Nursing Dean Jeanette Lancaster. “Our undergraduate and doctoral programs are similarly strong and our graduates make huge contributions to the profession."

A number of other graduate programs made typically strong showings in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. The School of Law remains in the top 10 nationally, tied for 10th with Duke University. The law school was also ranked 10th for both international law and tax law.

The Darden School of Business placed 12th in this year’s rankings, up one spot from a year ago, and in the specialty rankings placed 7th in management, the same spot it held last year.

The School of Medicine was tied for 23rd in research, two places higher than last year and the highest ranking the school has ever received.

The Curry School of Education was ranked 24th overall, and again landed a number of its teacher-education programs in the top 10 nationally: secondary education placed 4th; special education and elementary education were both ranked 6th.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science tied for 37th, a gain of one spot over last year.

The only new rankings in the sciences were in Biological Sciences, where U.Va. tied for 42nd. The other rankings repeated the data presented in last year’s edition, where computer science tied for 29th, physics tied for 35th, mathematics tied for 38th and chemistry tied for 42nd. Based on data first published in 2005, psychology tied for 28th overall; specialties in developmental psychology (9th) and clinical psychology (tied 15th) also received high marks.

Humanities rankings were included in guide, based on data first published by U.S. News & World Report in 2005. In those rankings, the English department ranked 12th overall and landed four of its specialties in the top 10: British literature, 18th-20th century (3rd); American literature, pre-1865 (5th); American literature post-1865 (7th); and African-American literature (tied 9th). History tied for 19th overall and was ranked 7th for U.S. colonial history. Political science was ranked 10th in political theory.

The University publishes a comprehensive overview of rankings on its Web site at