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March 30, 2001

UNM PROGRAMS AMONG THE BEST IN 2002 U.S. NEWS SURVEY

The University of New Mexico ranks among the best in the nation when it comes to law, engineering and medicine. This year, seven UNM programs were cited among the best in the country.

U.S. News and World Report first ranked graduate schools in 1987, and has done so annually since 1990.

Three programs in the UNM School of Medicine cracked the top 10. For the seventh consecutive year, the school's rural medicine program held the number two spot in the nation. UNM's primary-care curriculum ranked third this year, up from twelfth last year. UNM's family medicine program moved from ninth to sixth place this year.

The UNM clinical law training program moved up within the top 10, rising to the number seven spot above Northwestern University; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Rutgers State University, Newark. Last year, the University's clinical law program was ranked eighth.

For the first time, U.S. News identified the law schools in the country with the most racially diverse student bodies. The diversity index is based on the total proportion of minority students - not including international students-and the mix of racial groups on campus. UNM's law school made the table because its student population is 24 percent Hispanic. To be included in the table, the law school must be accredited by the American Bar Association.

UNM's law school remains among the top 100 law schools in the nation, although the magazine did not release an exact numeric rating.

UNM's School of Engineering again ranks among the top 50 engineering schools in the country. UNM is in a three-way tie for 48th this year, with Arizona State University and the University of Delaware. Last year UNM ranked 47th.

Every year the magazine ranks graduate programs in medicine, law and business. Other graduate programs are evaluated every three years. The magazine lists new rankings this year in public affairs, clinical psychology and occupational therapy. New rankings are listed for Ph.D. programs in the social sciences and humanities including economics, English, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

The rankings were based on various criteria including faculty and dean recommendations, academic reputation, research activities, faculty salaries, student selectivity and employment success. The magazine also surveys people outside of academia who are likely to hire new graduates or come into contact with them in the workplace. Judges are surveyed for their opinions on law schools. Practicing engineers and recruiters are canvassed for their knowledge of engineering programs.

April 2 is the big day for U.S. News. The 2001-2002 edition of Best Graduate Schools will be available that date at newsstands with a cover price of $7.95. Many, but not all of the rankings will also be included in the April 9 issue of U.S. News, also available at newsstands April 2. Additionally, the rankings are available on the U.S. News Online website http://www.usnews.com on April 2.

The U.S. News guide to undergraduate rankings, America's Best Colleges, comes out around Labor Day.

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