The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on more than 20 lists of schools, programs and specialty areas newly ranked for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following are the new UNC rankings and specialty listings that are currently available:
Gillings School of Global Public Health
- 2nd (master’s and doctorate degree programs)
- Health-care management, 3rd (master’s degree program)
School of Medicine
- Primary care, 2nd
- Research, 20th
- Family medicine, tied for 2nd
- Rural medicine, 6th
- AIDS, 10th
Health Disciplines -- Nursing
Master’s degree programs
- School of Nursing, tied for 4th
- Gillings School of Global Public Health, tied for 11th
Clinical nurse specialist
- Community/public health, 3rd (Gillings School of Global Public Health)
- Psychiatric/mental health, tied for 4th (School of Nursing)
- Pediatric, 10th (School of Nursing)
Nursing service administration
Kenan-Flagler Business School
- 19th (master of business administration degree programs)
- Accounting, 10th
- Executive MBA, 10th
School of Education
School of Law
- Tied for 30th
- Tied for 25th in a category called “When Lawyers Do the Grading,” a new ranking of law schools based on the opinions recruiters hiring graduates from the nation’s top law firms from a reputation survey.
Diversity. In a chart identifying schools where students are most likely to encounter classmates from a different racial or ethnic group. Carolina’s score was 0.45 out of an
index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer a school’s number is to 1.0, the more diverse is the student population. At 10 percent, Hispanics were reported as UNC’s largest minority in the school.
Rankings information will be posted at www.usnews.com/grad starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 15. Highlights of the rankings will be published in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” by U.S. News Media Group.
Note: In past years, a number of UNC-Chapel Hill specialty areas have been ranked in the top 25. This year, advance information available from the magazine generally goes through the top 10 rankings. This advisory will be updated online on the News Services Web site, www.unc.edu/news/ as any new information becomes available.
Methodology: U.S. News first ranked graduate program in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990. Business, education, engineering, law and medicine are ranked annually based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students, according to U.S. News officials. Other disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and other areas, including selected health specialists, are ranked periodically. Those rankings are based solely on the ratings of peer academic experts.
In addition to the new rankings, U.S. News republishes, on its website and in the guidebook, older rankings that are based solely on peer ratings in various health fields, Ph.D. programs in the humanities and social sciences, master's of public affairs and public policy, master's of fine arts, and master's of library and information studies programs.
UNC-Chapel Hill contact: Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593,