Iowa State graduate programs ranked among nation's best by U.S. News and World Report

AMES, Iowa - Six Iowa State University graduate programs are among the country's top 20, according to rankings published today by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Iowa State's rankings are listed in the magazine's annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" edition. While U.S. News annually ranks programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine, not all disciplines are reviewed each year. The magazine republishes older rankings for numerous programs, including those in the social sciences and humanities.

Those programs listed with an asterisk (*) are new rankings for this year:

*Biological/Agricultural Engineering: sixth overall and fifth among public universities
*Higher Education Administration: 14th overall and ninth among publics
*Veterinary Medicine: 17th overall and 12th among publics
• Analytical Chemistry: 14th overall and 14th among publics
• Statistics: 20th overall and 9th among publics
• Printmaking: 20th overall and 13th among publics (Note: Graduate printmaking at ISU is part of the Master of Fine Arts degree program in Integrated Visual Arts.)

"Iowa State University is committed to meeting the challenges of the 21st century, and it will take strong graduate programs to do that," said David Holger, dean of Iowa State's Graduate College and associate provost for academic programs. "These rankings are just one measure of our programs. A more important measure is how the programs advance the university's vision of putting science, technology and human creativity to work for the state and the world."

Other Iowa State graduate programs ranked by the magazine, in descending order, include:
*Materials Engineering: 26th overall and 16th among publics
*Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering: 26th overall and 19th among publics
*Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering: 27th overall and 19th among publics
*Chemical Engineering: 30th overall and 19th among publics
*Civil Engineering: 31st overall and 20th among publics
• Chemistry: 38th overall and 23rd among publics
*Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering: 38th overall and 23rd among publics
*Computer Engineering: 42nd overall and 24th among publics
*Mechanical Engineering: 43rd overall and 26th among publics
*Schools of Engineering: 45th overall and 25th among publics
• Physics: 48th overall and 29th among publics
• Economics: 54th overall and 29th among publics
* Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering: 55th overall and 32nd among publics
*Business Schools: 69th overall and 35th among publics
• Computer Science: 63rd overall and 37th among publics
• Math: 68th overall and 40th among publics
• Sociology: 72nd overall
• Psychology: 74th overall and 46th among publics
• Biological Sciences: 82nd overall and 47th among publics
*Part-Time MBA: 82nd overall and 44th among publics
*Education Programs: 86th overall and 65th among publics
• Earth Sciences: 89th overall and 60th among publics
• Fine Arts: 93rd overall and 52nd among publics
• English: 94th overall and 57th among publics
• Public Affairs: 100th overall
• History: 101st overall