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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
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
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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