UToledo Graduate Programs Jump in U.S. News Rankings

By Christine Billau

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The University of Toledo’s graduate programs showed continued strength in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Advancing their positive momentum, the College of Nursing and College of Law, in particular, improved again in the new list released March 30.

The master’s degree in nursing jumped 27 spots, up to 109 from the previous year’s ranking of 136.

The full-time law program is now ranked 129, up from 136 in 2021.

“We are incredibly proud that the hard work, dedication and achievements of our outstanding faculty, students and staff are being recognized nationally,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “UToledo is a comprehensive public research university and it is critical we keep building on our progress.”

U.S. News ranks programs on criteria such as acceptance rate, GPA, student-faculty ratio, grant funding and peer assessment, among other indicators.

The College of Nursing attributes its 27-point jump in the master’s program to the increasing national engagement of its faculty and its continued focus on student success.

“Our faculty have done significant work to keep our curricula cutting edge and responsive to national trends in healthcare. Our enrollment numbers have increased and we have high student retention and completion rates — attesting to our focus on student success,” said Dr. Linda Lewandowski, dean of the College of Nursing. “I also think we can credit our enthusiastic and engaged students who passionately and persistently have continued to progress in their plans of study, despite a global pandemic and so many stresses this past year.”

The seven-point increase in the College of Law rankings is, in part, a result of a higher employment rate 10 months after graduation.

“I’m glad to see that the rankings reflected our improved reputation among lawyers and judges and the very strong employment rates achieved by our graduates,” said D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law.