UR Schools of Nursing, Medicine Move Up in U.S. News Rankings

Mar. 17, 2020
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The University of Rochester’s School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Dentistry once again placed among the top 35 schools ranked by the 2021 Best Graduate Schools guide produced by U.S. News and World Report.

The School of Nursing made a big move in the highest-profile rankings of master’s nursing programs. The school jumped nine places, landing at No. 26, the school’s best showing in the publication since coming in at No. 29 in 2004, when nursing schools were featured on a quadrennial basis.

The UR School of Nursing’s doctor of nursing practice program ranked No. 40 in 2021, keeping the school as one of only three institutions in the state — and the only one outside of New York City — ranked in the top 40 for both master’s and doctoral programs.

“While we’re proud to rank among the best nursing schools in the nation, we know that subjective measures like these are just one of many ways to gauge the success of an institution,” said Dean Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP. “I’m most proud of the innovative and forward-thinking work of our faculty and staff across all three missions of the school – research, education, and practice – and the development of students into talented health care providers for future generations.”

The U.S. News rankings are conducted annually, and each school’s overall score is based on indicators in categories such as: student selectivity and program size, faculty resources, and research activity. The largest factor in the nursing school rankings is peer assessments provided by nursing school deans.

The School of Medicine’s research mission climbed up two slots to land at No. 34; its clinical primary care specialty jumped up by seven, earning a rank of No. 16. To rank medical schools, U.S. News surveyed 189 fully accredited medical and osteopathic schools. Data measuring schools’ research funding from the National Institutes of Health was the most heavily weighted factor for research scores. For primary care, quality assessments from schools’ deans and residency directors were most influential. 

“The School of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to preparing clinicians and researchers who strive to advance medicine of the highest order,” said Dean Mark Taubman, MD, who is also CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “We are proud that the University of Rochester continues to be recognized as a national leader in research and medical education.”

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