The Catholic University of America

March 30, 2007

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Several CUA Programs in Top Tier

U.S. News & World Report has placed Catholic University's law school and several CUA graduate programs in nursing and law librarianship in the top tiers of its 2008 rankings for graduate and professional programs nationwide.

CUA's Columbus School of Law is tied for 97th place among a total of 184 accredited law schools nationally. U.S. News publicly ranks only the top 100 schools. Last year the law school was in the third, unranked tier of schools. For more details about the law school ranking, click here.

As part of its specialty rankings, the magazine has rated the law librarianship program at CUA's School of Library and Information Science second among six universities nationwide and has placed the School of Nursing's pediatric nurse practitioner program in a tie for 10th place among the accredited programs nationwide.

CUA nursing master's programs overall are ranked 40th among approximately 350 accredited master's programs nationwide. The rankings were included in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 Edition of America's Best Graduate Schools that were released early Friday morning.

The specialty rankings earned by the law librarianship and pediatric nurse practitioner programs are based on nominations from deans, faculty and other administrators at peer institutions who responded to U.S. News & World Report surveys about particular programs.

"We are delighted that U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized our Master of Science in Nursing program as among the top programs nationally," said Nalini Jairath, dean of nursing. "To have our master's program ranked 40th and our pediatric nurse practitioner program ranked 10th is indeed an honor in an increasingly competitive world."

The CUA pediatric nurse practitioner program prepares graduates to provide family-centered primary care to healthy children and adolescents as well as those with serious and chronic health conditions in settings that include clinics, schools, hospitals and private medical practices.

Martha Hale, dean of library and information science, noted that "this is the second year in a row that Catholic University and the School of Library and Information Science have been recognized for our excellent program in law librarianship.

"The school's partnership with federal agencies, law school libraries and legal firms in the metropolitan region is one of the reasons for it, our excellent adjunct faculty is a second reason and the superb students that enter the program and want it to be the best is a third reason," she added.

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· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu