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September 15, 2021

Rankings: UW School of Nursing undergrad program tied for No. 2 in nation

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The University of Washington School of Nursing tied for second-best in the nation for its undergraduate program, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

The UW Bachelor of Science in Nursing program shared the No. 2 spot with Duke University, behind the top-rated University of Pennsylvania. The undergraduate nursing program rankings are new this year and are based on the ratings of deans and senior faculty at programs that offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

“This is an enormous achievement,” said Azita Emami, executive dean of the UW School of Nursing. “I’m grateful for the dedication of our faculty, students and staff. The decision to include nursing in the undergraduate rankings for the first time reflects the urgent call for more nurses and the need for more quality nursing programs in this country, and I am proud of the UW School of Nursing’s role in answering that call.”

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in computer science, engineering and business, with many UW computer science departments and study areas placing in the top 10, including No. 10 overall, fourth in the nation in mobile/web applications, fifth in data analytics and eighth in artificial intelligence.

These U.S. News & World Report undergraduate program rankings are based solely on surveys of leaders at institutions around the country, according to the magazine.

Here’s a list of the UW undergraduate departments and units that ranked in the top 30:


Overall — tied for 2nd

Computer science

Overall — tied for 10th

Artificial intelligence — 8th

Biocomputing/bioinformatics/biotechnology — 13th

Computer systems — 10th

Cybersecurity — tied for 13th

Data analytics — 5th

Mobile/web applications — 4th

Programming languages — tied for 7th

Software engineering — tied for 12th

Theory — tied for 13th

Engineering (at institutions that offer doctoral degrees)

Overall — tied for 21st

Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical — 22nd

Bioengineering/Biomedical — tied for 19th

Civil engineering — 18th

Computer engineering — tied for 13th

Electrical engineering — tied for 26th


Overall — tied for 19th

Accounting — tied for 16th

Finance — tied for 22nd

International business — tied 20th

Management — tied for 23rd

Marketing — tied for 25th

Business entrepreneurship — 27th


More information on the U.S. News & World Report rankings is here.