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Nuclear engineering at VCU ranked No. 20 in the nation

VCU programs rise in updated U.S. News & World Report rankings

Nuclear engineering at VCU ranked No. 20 in the nation

By Mike Porter
University Public Affairs


Three Virginia Commonwealth University schools already ranked in the top 50 climbed further up the U.S. News & World Report list of the country’s best graduate programs in the magazine’s updated rankings released today. Overall, VCU has graduate programs ranked in the top 50 in 19 fields, according to the publication.

This year’s updated top-50 rankings included sharp increases from the School of Education at No. 20 (previously No. 26), the School of Social Work at No. 25 (previously No. 30) and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at No. 39 (previously No. 44). In addition, Health Care Management in the College of Health Professions was ranked No. 5, Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering was ranked No. 20 and the School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked No. 44.

“We are both proud and appreciative of this important recognition,” said Gail Hackett, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “The credit goes to our outstanding faculty and students who ensure excellence both inside and outside of their classrooms, studios, laboratories and clinics.”

Among VCU’s highly ranked programs in previously updated listings are Sculpture (No. 1), Nurse Anesthesia (No. 1), Fine Arts (No. 2) and Rehabilitation Counseling (No. 4). Not all program areas receive updated rankings each year. For more about VCU’s rankings, including graduate programs ranked in the top 50 during previous updates by U.S. News & World Report, visit

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