Published: March 12, 2013

CU System news release

DENVER - Graduate programs across the University of Colorado system continue to gain attention for excellence in the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Research and teaching contributions by the four campuses in health care, engineering, law, education and business are well-represented in the 2014 edition of Best Graduate Schools (U.S. News Media Group).

A sampling of CU’s 2014 rankings include:

University of Colorado Boulder

·      No. 1: CU-Boulder retains top honors for the atomic/molecular/optical physics program, tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

·      Top 10: Other CU-Boulder programs ranking in the top 10 nationally are environmental sciences (fifth), environmental law (fifth), quantum physics (fifth), ceramics (eighth) and physical chemistry (eighth).

·      Some 29 other CU-Boulder schools and programs land on the national rankings within their fields: aerospace engineering (14), biochemistry (15), chemical engineering (18), clinical psychology (18), civil engineering (19), education policy (19), physics (19), environmental engineering (22), earth sciences (23), speech-language pathology (25), chemistry (26), audiology (27), School of Education (28), psychology (30), biological sciences (30), mechanical engineering (30), computer engineering (31), College of Engineering and Applied Science (34), electrical engineering (36), Leeds School of Business (38 for part-time MBA schools), computer science (39), Law School (44), political science (45), math (46), sociology (46), English (50), history (50), economics (53) and fine arts (53). Not all disciplines are ranked by the publication. 

The School of Education moved up to 28 from 38 last year and the Leeds School of Business part-time MBA program moved up to 38 from 47 last year. 

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine

·      Top 10: The school ranks fifth nationally for primary care, with the specialties of family medicine (third), pediatrics (fifth) and rural medicine (eighth) also ranking high.

·      Within the nursing program (15th), the pediatric nurse practitioner program ranks fifth; nursing-midwifery, 13th; family nurse practitioner, 16th.

·      The School of Medicine ranks 35th overall for research. The physician assistant program ranks at 11.

University of Colorado Denver

·      The School of Public Affairs, with programs at CU Denver and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, is listed at 29 nationally.

·      The School of Education and Human Development is newly ranked at 81.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

·      UCCS shares the School of Public Affairs (29) honor with CU Denver.

The 2014 Best Graduate Schools includes essential, detailed statistical information on more than 1,200 programs nationwide, with rankings in five of the largest professional graduate school disciplines (business, law, education, engineering, and medicine). Highlights of the rankings will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition guidebook, available April 9, 2013.

Rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. These data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 12,400 academics and professionals. The publication aims to provide a tool to students and parents who are comparing college programs at accredited public and private universities in the United States.

Jay Dedrick, 303-860-5707