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UR School of Nursing Rises in U.S. News Rankings of Master’s Programs

  By Nora Williamson
  Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The University of Rochester School of Nursing’s graduate nursing programs are among the best offered at colleges and universities nationwide, according to the 2018 rankings released March 14 by U.S. News and World Report.

The UR School of Nursing rose in the annual rankings of nursing master’s programs, landing at No. 36 out of 292 ranked programs. U.S. News also ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs separately for the second year, with the UR School of Nursing coming in at No. 38.

As the top-ranked program in Upstate New York, the UR School of Nursing is one of only three institutions in the state — and the only one outside of New York City — ranked in the top 50 for both master’s and doctoral programs.

“We are proud to be recognized again as a national and local leader in nursing education,” said Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, UR School of Nursing dean and University of Rochester Medical Center vice president. “These rankings reflect the caliber of our clinical and research faculty, who remain committed to the school’s tradition of innovation and dedicated to preparing our students to be leaders in today’s increasingly complex health care environment.”

The rankings, compiled for the newest edition of Best Graduate Schools, are conducted annually, and each school’s overall score is based on indicators in the following categories: peer assessments provided by nursing school deans, student selectivity and program size, faculty resources, and research activity. The school’s scores in numerous areas — including the peer assessments, which reflect the school’s national reputation — increased in the 2018 rankings.

Learn more about the University of Rochester’s DNP or master’s level programs. Additional information on the U.S. News nursing program rankings can be found at

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