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Fact Sheet

For immediate use

March 30, 2007

Numerous UNC schools, graduate programs
ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2007 by U.S. News and World Report magazine for its 2008 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following is a summary of newly ranked UNC schools and programs, as well as specialty areas listed in the magazine’s top 10:

School of Public Health

(Note: U.S. News listed environmental/environmental health under engineering schools. UNC has no engineering school, but related programs are based in public health.)

School of Medicine


Specialty areas

Health Disciplines -- Nursing
Master’s programs

Nursing specialties
     Clinical nurse specialist

Nurse practitioner

Nursing service administration

Kenan-Flagler Business School

Specialty areas

School of Education

Specialty areas

College of Arts and Sciences
Sciences Ph.D. Programs

Biological Sciences


Specialty areas

(Note: U.S. News ranked several other sciences Ph.D. programs in 2006 but reissued those rankings only for biological sciences and chemistry in 2007 to correct a problem with last year’s survey, according to the magazine editors.)

School of Law

New rankings will appear in the April 9 issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine, which hits newsstands Monday (April 2) along with the “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guidebook. Details will be available Friday (March 30) at

U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990. Business, education, engineering, law and medicine are ranked annually. Those rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students, according to magazine officials. Other disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and other areas, including selected health specialties, are ranked periodically. Those rankings are based on the ratings of academic experts.

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