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Best Graduate Schools: School of Nursing ranked 13th overall in graduate programs

Posted: March 10, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is No. 13 in the nation, No. 5 among public universities and the top nursing school in the state, according to the most recent edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”

The publication’s rankings are among the most authoritative and prestigious ratings in higher education.

Dean Alexa Stuifbergen

“UT Austin School of Nursing has long been renowned for excellent graduate programs focused on educating top-notch practitioners, researchers and faculty to meet the growing need for a more equitable delivery of health care. Having these efforts recognized by this prestigious publication is very gratifying,” said Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing. “I am so proud of our faculty, who contribute their knowledge and expertise — and enthusiasm — to the School of Nursing, ensuring that we will continue to excel and grow in the years to come.”

In all, more than 50 UT Austin science, social science, humanities and professional programs and disciplines were ranked in the Top 15 nationally according to the rankings, which are based on quantitative and qualitative measures, including GRE scores, student/faculty ratio, research expenditures, job placement success and ratings of academic experts, national faculty members and administrators.

Other UT Austin colleges and schools included in the top 15 announced March 10 are the Cockrell School of Engineering at No. 10 nationally (No. 5 among public universities), the School of Law at No. 15 nationally (No. 4 among publics), the College of Education at No. 10 nationally (No. 3 among publics).

“I’m tremendously proud of our graduate programs and the students, faculty, and administrators who make them the centers of excellence they are,” said President Bill Powers. “Graduate education is a critical link in the higher education ecosystem, and the fact that more than 50 of our programs rank in the top 15 testifies to UT Austin’s remarkable breadth and depth.”

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is one of the leading nursing schools in the nation, with a history of excellence in academics, research and service. We earn this distinction because of our diverse, engaged students taught by dedicated faculty; cutting-edge research conducted by nursing school faculty focusing on health behaviors and health promotion across the lifespan; service through our community-based clinic; and collaborative partnerships.


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