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April 11, 2002

Grad programs shine in U.S. News rankings

The UW is No. 1 among primary-care medical schools in the new U.S.News & World Report annual rankings of graduate programs and professional schools.

In the “Best Graduate Schools from U.S.News & World Report” on newsstands April 8, 20 UW programs and specialties are among the top 10 in categories re-ranked or newly ranked this year. Numerous other UW master’s and doctoral programs have been ranked in previous years and are in the book.

The rankings published are based on surveys conducted this year and last.

This is the ninth straight year that the School of Medicine has been named the top primary-care medical school. In the ranking of research medical schools, the UW was No. 10.


  •  Academic specialties re-ranked at the medical school were:

           – Family Medicine — first

           – Rural Medicine — first

           – Pediatrics — seventh

           – AIDS — fifth

           – Geriatrics — seventh

           – Internal Medicine — seventh

           – Women’s Health — ninth

      Other top 10 UW graduate programs and academic specialties freshly ranked          this year are:


  •  Computer Science — seventh

           – Systems — fifth

           – Artificial Intelligence — seventh

           – Theory — seventh


  • The academic specialties under engineering of

          – Bioengineering/Biomedical — fifth (joint program between College of Engineering and School of Medicine)

          – Computer Engineering — eighth


  • The academic specialty under physics of

          – Elementary Particle/Nuclear Physics — eighth


  • The academic specialty under biological sciences of

          – Microbiology — ninth

          – Neuroscience — tenth


  • The academic specialties under education of

          – Special Education — ninth

          – Secondary Education — tenth

The rankings are established using such measures as statistical analysis of selected academic attributes and surveys of deans and senior faculty at accredited schools in each discipline.