Six CU-Boulder Graduate Programs Cited Among Nation's Best In Magazine

February 19, 1998

Six graduate programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder were cited for excellence in 1998 in selected disciplines ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

CU-Boulder’s School of Education jumped from 19th in 1997 to a tie for 15th in 1998 with Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. Columbia University’s education school was ranked first, followed by the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University and Stanford University. The rankings were based on reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity.

In the law school specialty rankings, U.S. News ranked CU’s environmental law program in a tie for fifth in the nation for excellence in 1998 with George Washington University, the same ranking CU received by the magazine in 1997. Overall, the CU Law School tied for 45th in the nation with Tulane University and the University of Florida in 1998.

In doctoral program rankings, CU-Boulder’s psychology program was tied for 18th with seven other universities in 1998. Stanford and UC-Berkeley were ranked first and second respectively.

In the first year U.S. News has ranked speech pathology graduate programs, CU-Boulder tied for 21st in the nation with eight other universities. Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison tied for first in 1998.

CU-Boulder’s graduate engineering program was ranked 35th overall by U.S. News in 1998. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked first, followed by Stanford and UC-Berkeley in a tie for second.

New rankings by the magazine in 1998 were made in education, law, psychology, speech pathology, engineering, medicine, public affairs, audiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, rehabilitation counseling, economics, English, history, political science, sociology and business.

Music, one of the nation’s graduate programs ranked in 1997 by U.S. News, was not ranked in 1998 by the national news magazine. CU-Boulder was tied for 20th in music in 1997 by the magazine.

In 1996, the last year U.S. News ranked the disciplines of chemistry and biology, CU-Boulder was ranked 20th in both. CU-Boulder also was ranked first in the specialty programs of atomic physics and 13th in advertising in 1996, the most recent year the national news magazine ranked those categories.

“Controversy is inherent in virtually all academic rankings,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny. “But we are nevertheless proud of our high rankings and even prouder of the quality of work displayed year in and year out by our faculty, staff and students.”

Graduate student enrollment is less than 20 percent of the total student population of about 25,000 at CU-Boulder.

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