RankingsU.S. News & World Report Rankings: America's Best Colleges
Since U.S. News began a separate listing of the top 50 public universities, U.Va. has never dropped out of the top three. And in the history of the U.S. News Rankings, U.Va. has never dropped out of the top-30 listing of all national universities. More.
|University of Virginia, for 2016|
|3rd||Top Public Schools|
|6th||Best Undergraduate Business Programs|
|26th||Best National Universities|
Schools, Departments and Programs. Not all schools or programs are rated every year, so the date of the last ranking is posted in parentheses.
|6th||McIntire School of Commerce (2016)|
|21st||International Business (2016)|
|15th||Production/Operations Management (2016)|
|8th||Law School (2015)|
|12th||International Law (2015)|
|28th||Intellectual Property (2015)|
|5th||Tax Law (2015)|
|38th||Entertainment Law (2014)|
|10th||English Department, Ph.D. Programs (2013)|
|5th||American Literature before 1865 (2013)|
|2nd||18th-20th Century British Literature (2013)|
|4th||American Literature after 1865 (2013)|
|36th||Political Science (2013)|
|14th||Political Theory, Ph.D. Program (2012)|
|10th||Darden Graduate School of Business Administration (2015)|
|11th||Executive MBA (2015)|
|16th||Nursing School, Graduate Programs (2015)|
|2nd||Clinical Nurse Leader (2015)|
|8th||Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric/Mental Health, Across the Lifespan (2015)|
|18th||Family Nurse Practitioner (2015)|
|20th||History Department, Ph.D. Programs (2013)|
|5th||U.S. Colonial History (2013)|
|35th||Sociology Department, Ph.D. Program (2013)|
|26th||Psychology Department, Ph.D. Programs (2013)|
Developmental Psychology (2013)
Clinical Psychology (2012)
|22nd||Curry School of Education, Graduate Programs (2015)|
|7th||Special Education (2015)|
|11th||Elementary Education (2015)|
|7th||Secondary Education (2015)|
|13th||Curriculum Instruction (2015)|
|13th||Educational Policy (2015)|
|9th||Administration and Supervision (2015)|
|20th||Higher Education Administration (2015)|
|18th||Educational Psychology (2015)|
|7th||Special Education (2015)|
|26th||School of Medicine, Research (2015)|
|40th||School of Medicine, Primary Care (2015)|
|30th||Economics Department, Ph.D. Programs (2013)|
|39th||School of Engineering and Applied Science, Graduate Programs (2015)|
|23rd||Biomedical Engineering (2015)|
|33rd||Materials Science (2015)|
|35th||Chemical Engineering (2015)|
|46th||Computer Engineering (2015)|
|53rd||Civil Engineering (2015)|
|43rd||Mechanical Engineering (2015)|
|29th||Computer Science (2014)|
|37th||Systems Engineering (2015)|
|27th||Online Graduate Engineering Programs (2016)|
|Ph.D. Programs - The Sciences|
|64th||Earth Sciences (2014)|
|50th||Biological Sciences (2014)|
|29th||Computer Science (2014)|
McIntire School of Commerce Ranks #1
September 2015—The M.S. in Commerce Program offered by the McIntire School of Commerce has been ranked #1 in the nation by higher education website Value Colleges, which noted that the program offers "the right balance between reputation, quality, and cost to give students a high return on investment and a proven advantage [in] the job market." Read More.
Money's Best Colleges
July 2015—Focusing on practical variables like tuition, net cost and graduation rates, Money Magazine has introduced the first "true value-based" rankings, naming UVA to the list of the top 20 colleges in the United States. Read More.
July 2015—Five medical specialties at University of Virginia Health System are recognized in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 "Best Hospitals" guide.
These five specialties join the neonatology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology programs at UVA Children’s Hospital, which were honored in June as part of U.S. News’ “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide.
|Cancer||Neurology & Neurosurgery|
In March 2014, the number of doctors from the University of Virginia Health System selected for inclusion in the annual guide America's Top Doctors™, 12th edition, totaled 181. Published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the book recognizes physicians who are considered among the top one percent in the nation in their medical specialties and sub-specialties. Additionally, 20 U.Va. faculty physicians are listed in a sister publication, "American's Top Doctors for Cancer," 7th edition.
January 2015— Becker's Hospital Review named UVA Medical Center to its 2014 list of "100 hospitals with great women's health programs."
Newsweek/Kaplan "Finding the Right College For You" Guide
University of Virginia's College at Wise
The 2009 U.S. News & World report ranked the University of Virginia College at Wise fourth among liberal arts colleges with the least student debt. While 59 percent of students at the College at Wise graduate with some debt, at an average debt of $10,252, it is the fourth lowest among national liberal arts colleges.
November 2014—BusinessWeek ranked Darden School of Business in the top 10% of graduate MBA programs and ranked its Executive MBA program 13th out of 209 U.S. schools.
The Princeton Review
September 2013—The entrepreneurship program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business is one of the best in the nation, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company ranked Darden fifth on its list of the "Top 25 Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs for 2014," which is featured in Entrepreneur Magazine. Read More.
Design Intelligence Rankings
November 2014—The University of Virginia School of Architecture's Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs both rank in the top three in their categories for graduate degree programs according to the 2015 Design Intelligence rankings of "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools." The two programs also rank in the top ten overall, a category that includes both public and private universities. Read More.
March 2012—BusinessWeek ranked the McIntire School of Commerce as the second best undergraduate business program in the country and the best MBA feeder school. BusinessWeek takes a variety of factors into account to determine the rankings, including academic quality, students' satisfaction with their programs, test scores and class size. Read More.
U.Va. Ranks Fourth Best Public University
July 2015—Forbes published a listing that ranked U.Va. as fourth among national public universities according to the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, a research organization in Washington, D.C. that evaluates colleges based on results. Among state colleges, U.Va. ranked second.
Forbes Ranks the Darden School of Graduate Business at No. 15
In October 2013, Forbes released a biennial survey of America's best business schools and ranked Darden fifteenth in the nation. The survey ranks schools based on "return on investment," which is determined by compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and salary forgone during school. Read more.
Darden Ranks in Top 5 Best B-School Values
April 2015—Research conducted by PayScale—a company that compiles compensation and benefits data—finds Darden fifth best in the country among schools with the highest return on investment. The ranking considers both the estimated salaries of graduates and the total cost of tuition and expenses. Read More.
Financial Times Ranks Darden Executive Education Faculty No. 1 for Seventh Year in a Row
May 2011—In the most recent open-enrollment survey from Financial Times, Darden's highly acclaimed faculty took the number-one position for the seventh year in a row. The paper ranks Darden's open enrollment programs fifth in the world.
University of Virginia Tops National 'Best Value' Ranking of Public Universities February 2015—The Princeton Review ranked the University of Virginia no. 1 in its annual "Best Value Colleges" report. The Princeton Review is one of America's most respected education services and test-preparation companies. Read more.
Princeton Review Ranks U.Va. Law First in Quality of Life
In the 2009 edition of its "Best 174 Law Schools," the Princeton Review ranked U.Va.'s School of Law first in the "Quality of Life" category. Other rankings for U.Va. Law: third in "Best Career Prospects," fourth in "Professors Rock" (Legally Speaking), and fifth in "Best Classroom Experience."
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine Recognizes U.Va. Among Top-Value Colleges
December 2014—Based on the quality of both its academic and financial aid offerings, the University of Virginia ranked second for the third straight year among more than 300 public four-year colleges and universities across the nation for "best value," according to an annual ranking by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
U.Va. Leads Public Universities with Highest African-American Graduation Rate
March 2009—For the 15th straight year, the University of Virginia's African-American students posted the highest graduation rate among those at all public universities in the nation, according to the annual compilation published by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE). Read more.
Black Enterprise Magazine Names U.Va. to List of "50 Top Colleges for African Americans"
In the September 2008 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, U.Va. again made the list of the 50 Top Colleges for African Americans. Read more.
U.Va. Maintains High Graduation Rate for Student-Athletes
NCAA 2008 data shows that the University of Virginia holds an 86 percent graduation rate among athletes. In the 2013-14 academic year, 305 student-athletes were named to the ACC's Academic Honor Roll for grade point averages of 3.00 or better.
U.Va. Among Top Schools With Peace Corps Volunteers
February 11, 2015—Among medium-size universities, The University of Virginia had the third highest number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps, according to the agency's' annual list of "Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities." U.Va. has 36 alumni currently in service as Peace Corps volunteers. Since the inception of the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 1,100 U.Va. alumni have served. Read more.
Batten School Makes Its Debut in U.S. News Grad School Rankings
March 13, 2012—The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy was barely off the ground in 2008 when U.S. News & World Report last rated schools of public affairs. In the 2013 rankings, Batten cracked the top 50, tying for No. 46 with six additional colleges and universities.