"U.S. News & World Report" ranking Fact Sheet

March 11, 2014

US newsMultiple UNC graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The last ranking for the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) was published last year (2013) when the School received the nation's number two ranking of best "Library and Information Studies" graduate schools. SILS was also highly ranked in all seven of seven specialty areas of the magazine's top list, including:

  • 1st in Archives and Preservation (tied with Simmons and University of Michigan)
  • 1st in Digital librarianship
  • 2nd in Health librarianship
  • 4th in Law Librarianship
  • 6th in Information Systems
  • 8th in Services for Children and Youth
  • 10th in School Library Media (tied with Simmons)

The top ranked library and information studies programs in the magazine's report include:

1. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign  - 4.6

2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 4.5

3. University of Washington - 4.4

4. Syracuse University - 4.3

4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - 4.3

6. Rutgers, the State U of New Jersey-New Brunswick - 4.0

6. University of Texas-Austin - 4.0

8. Indiana University-Bloomington - 3.9

9. Simmons College - 3.8

10. Drexel University - 3.7

10. University of Maryland-College Park - 3.7

10. University of Pittsburgh - 3.7

For a complete listing, please visit: US News Library & Information Studies rankings

Following are the new 2014 UNC rankings and specialty listings that are currently available from the magazine:

School of Medicine
•    Primary care, 2nd
•    Research, 22ndSpecialty areas
•    Family medicine, 2nd
•    Rural medicine, tied for 6th
•    AIDS, tied for 8th
•    Women’s health, tied for 15th
•    Internal medicine, tied for 20th

Kenan-Flagler Business School

•    19th (master of business administration degree programs)Specialty Areas
•    Executive MBA, tied for 9th
•    Accounting, 10th
•    Management, 12th
•    Marketing, 13th
•    Entrepreneurship, tied for 14th
•    Production/operations, 15th 

College of Arts and Sciences (Ph.D. programs in the sciences)

•    Chemistry, tied for 15th
         - Analytical chemistry, 2nd
         - Inorganic chemistry, tied for 8th
•    Statistics, tied for 20th
         - Biostatistics, tied for 12th
•    Computer science, tied for 25th
•    Biology, 26th
•    Mathematics, tied for 28th
•    Physics, tied for 39th
•    Earth sciences, tied for 54th  School of Law
In a new category, the UNC School of Law was also listed among “the most diverse law schools.”
•    Tied for 31st
Specialty areas:
•    Environmental law, 23rd

School of Education

•    Tied for 36th
Specialty areas:
•    Curriculum and instruction, 12th
•    Education administration and supervision: tied for 13th
•    Special education: 16th
•    Education policy: 19th 

Gillings School of Global Public Health (schools of engineering)
Although UNC has no engineering school, the department of environmental sciences and engineering is based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and perennially appears on this list of top engineering programs.
•    Tied for 78th
Specialty areas:
•    Environmental/environmental health engineering, tied for 14th
•    Biomedical engineering, tied for 34th

Complete rankings information will be posted on the U.S. News Graduate School Compass starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 11. Rankings highlights will be published online at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools and in the 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News Media Group, available on newsstands at the end of March.

Note:  In past years, numerous UNC-Chapel Hill specialty areas have been ranked among specialty areas appearing in the top 25. The current advisory is based on available information in advance of the embargo lifting. News Services will update this posting online, 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, including deans, program directors and faculty.

In addition to the new rankings, U.S. News republishes, on its website and in the guidebook, older rankings that are based on peer ratings in various health disciplines, nursing schools and Ph.D. programs in the sciences.