U graduate programs rise in national rankings

By Carlos Mayorga

The S.J. Quinney College of Law is the 51st best law school in the country, making the highest jump in national rankings compared with other graduate programs at the U, according to a recent report on the best graduate programs in the nation.

The 2009 report by U.S. News and World Report showed that the College of Law moved up six slots from its ranking last year, while other colleges at the U made smaller gains or moved down in the rankings.

The new rankings place the School of Medicine 50th in the nation for research, down one slot from last year. But the school was also moved up 14 spots to rank 31st best for primary care, 8th for nursing-midwifery, 19th for physical therapy and 4th for its physician assistant program.

Although the U is ranked 28 times, far more than any other school in the state, some programs stayed at the same rank or moved down.

The College of Education and the College of Engineering moved down in the national rankings. Education was ranked 69th last year but went down to 73rd in the new rankings. Engineering was ranked 55th last year and lost ground to be ranked 59th this year.

For a complete list of rankings, go to www.usnews.com.

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