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VCU programs rise in updated U.S. News & World Report rankings

This year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings included sharp increases from the VCU School of Edu...
This year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings included sharp increases from the VCU School of Education, the School of Social Work and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. (File photo)

Three Virginia Commonwealth University schools already ranked in the top 50 climbed further up the U.S. News & World Report list of the country’s best graduate programs in the magazine’s updated rankings released today. Overall, VCU has graduate programs ranked in the top 50 in 19 fields, according to the publication.

This year’s updated top-50 rankings included sharp increases from the School of Education at No. 20 (previously No. 26), the School of Social Work at No. 25 (previously No. 30) and the L Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at No. 39 (previously No. 44). In addition, Health Care Management in the College of Health Professions was ranked No. 5, Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering was ranked No. 20 and the School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked No. 44. Rehabilitation Counseling (College of Health Professions) retained it's No. 4 ranking.

“We are both proud and appreciative of this important recognition,” said Gail Hackett, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “The credit goes to our outstanding faculty and students who ensure excellence both inside and outside of their classrooms, studios, laboratories and clinics.”

Among VCU’s highly ranked programs in previously updated listings are Sculpture (No. 1), Nurse Anesthesia (No. 1) and Fine Arts (No. 2). Not all program areas receive updated rankings each year. For more about VCU’s rankings, including graduate programs ranked in the top 50 during previous updates by U.S. News & World Report, visit www.vcu.edu/about-vcu/facts-and-rankings/.

To learn more about the newest rankings, visit grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.