US News Ranks Law, SON, SOE Among Nation's Top 25 Graduate Programs

(2-19-98)--The Law School, School of Education and School of Nursing are among the nation's top 25 graduate schools in their respective fields, according to a new survey released today by US News & World Report.

Compared with last year's US News survey, the Law School maintained its rank of 22nd, while SON's graduate program moved from 27th to 24th place, and SOE's graduate division advanced from 28th to 25th.

The newest rankings bring to four the number of Boston College graduate and professional schools listed by the magazine among the nation's top 25 in their fields. The Graduate School of Social Work was ranked 14th in the 1997 survey; the magazine did not rate social work programs this year.

The Law School scored 84 on a scale of 100 in the 1998 rankings, which were based on surveys of academicians and law professionals which measured reputation, selectivity, placement and faculty resources. Yale University retained its first-place ranking, followed by Harvard and Stanford universities, which tied for second. Other law schools in the top 25 included Georgetown University (tied for 11th), the University of California-Los Angeles (tied for 17th), and Fordham University and the University of Notre Dame, which were among five schools tied for 25th place.

In the survey of graduate nursing programs, deans, administrators and faculty were asked to use a five-point scale to rate schools based on scholarship, curriculum and the quality of faculty and graduate students. SON compiled an average score of 3.6, tying it with Catholic University of America, Georgetown, New York, Wayne State and Vanderbilt universities, and the universities of Virginia and Alabama-Birmingham. The University of Washington ranked first in the survey with a score of 4.7.

SOE was one of 191 graduate education programs evaluated by education school deans and school superintendents in districts of more than 5,000 students. In addition to overall rankings based on total score, programs were ranked separately for reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity. SOE scored 82 on a scale of 100, tying it with Pennsylvania State University. Columbia University's Teachers College and the University of California-Berkeley tied for first place. Others in the top 25 included UCLA (fifth), the University of Pennsylvania (10th) and Michigan State University (18th).

US News will publish detailed results in its March 2 issue, which will be available on newsstands Feb. 23.

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