After placing second last year, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing moved up into first place on the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of graduate schools for 2017, a top honor. U.S. News & World Report released their 2017 Best Graduate Schools report on Wednesday, simultaneously announcing University of Pennsylvania and University of California-San Francisco as 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively.
Johns Hopkins was also ranked second for Best Nursing Schools at the DNP Level. The 2017 list is the first time that DNP programs were ranked in addition to master’s programs, due to the rapid growth of DNP programs around the country, being added to prepare nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the nursing field.
The U.S. News & World Report’s annual school rankings also include categories in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. The rankings are based on statistical data, including expert opinions about program excellence and statistics measuring quality of faculty, research, and students.
Data that determines the ranking are pulled from statistical surveys of over 1,900 programs and reputation surveys are sent to over 18,400 academics and professionals. Peer assessment data is collected from deans, program directors, and senior faculty who are asked to judge the academic quality of their respective programs on a scale of 1-5. Other criteria collected include employment rates for graduates, starting salary, and standardized test scores of incoming students.
U.S. News & World Report supplies these yearly rankings to be used as a supplement when making a decision on what academic institution you will attend. The rankings provide information on student-faculty ratio and job placement success after graduation.