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April 5, 2002


U.S. News Ranks Emory's Graduate and Professional Schools

Emory University's medical, law and business schools are among the Top 25 schools in America, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2003 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" guide. These rankings will be reported in the issue of U.S. News due on the newsstands April 8.

Emory's School of Medicine's ranked 20th among research-oriented medical schools and 25th among primary-care oriented medical schools. The Goizueta Business School's MBA program ranked 22nd. Emory's School of Law was ranked 22nd and its trial advocacy program was ranked seventh. In other rankings new this year, Emory's Ph.D. program in the biological sciences was ranked 29th, the chemistry Ph.D. program 43rd.

The figures show an increase from last year, when Emory was 22nd in research oriented medical schools and 41st in primary care oriented schools; Goizueta was ranked 23rd, and the law school was ranked 27th last year.

"Differences of only two or three points on the 100-point scale used by the magazine can mean large changes in the place rankings, since so many schools are tightly bunched," says Thomas J. Lawley, M.D., dean of the medical school. "Nevertheless, I believe it is justified that we moved up in both measures this year, ranking in the top 20 for research and in the top 25 for primary care. We have long believed that our reputation would continue to rise across the board in accordance with the growth in our research base and our accomplishments in primary care."

Emory Law School interim Dean Peter Hay says the school's move upward from 27 to 22 "is appropriate recognition of the fine work we know we are doing. While we do not make decisions based on rankings, it's always good to be recognized."

"We're gratified to be listed consistently among the leading business schools in the United States," says Goizueta Business School Dean Tom Robertson. The school has been in the top 25 since 1994. "Goizueta students, faculty and staff are dedicated to making this school better each year, and I commend them for their hard work. We are looking forward to stronger gains in the next few years, based on the number and caliber of new faculty we're recruiting and on the ever-rising talent of students accepted into our program."

Many of the categories of schools and programs were not re-surveyed this year, so previous years' rankings remain current. That means the physical therapy program in the School of Medicine's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine remains third among all PT programs; the Physician Assistant Program in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine remains fourth in the nation among its peers; and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, 32nd. The Rollins School of Public Health was ranked 11th in the country in 2000. Also, the Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology and history are both ranked 25th.

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