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U.S. News & World Report ranks UCI graduate criminology program among top five in the nation

Medical school in top-50 list joining other UCI graduate programs in high-profile ranking

Irvine, Calif., April 1, 2005

In its first ranking of criminology programs, U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of graduate programs at private and public universities has ranked UC Irvine’s program the fourth best out of 33 in the nation. In addition, the School of Medicine has for the first time been named one of the top 50 graduate programs for research nationwide, ranking 46th in a tie with three other universities. The Henry Samueli School of Engineering also advanced in its ranking, tying at 40th with two other universities.

“UCI’s continuing improvement in the U.S. News rankings, combined with our steadily increasing extramural research funding and growing caliber of our faculty, are all testimony to our continual rise as one of the nation’s best research universities,” said William H. Parker, vice chancellor for research and dean of graduate studies.

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. Other programs are ranked only periodically. This year, selected social sciences and humanities programs were ranked. U.S. News rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty.  (For additional information, see below: “About U.S. News & World Report Methodology.”)

“It is gratifying to see this formal acknowledgement of the exceptional quality of our criminology program,” said C. Ronald Huff, dean of the School of Social Ecology and professor of criminology, law and society. “We are the only program whose faculty includes three past presidents of the American Society of Criminology and a past president of the Law and Society Association, the two largest and most prestigious academic organizations in our field, as well as a distinguished professor who was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  We owe the strength of our program to our outstanding faculty, who are national leaders in their fields, the many outstanding graduate students and alumni of our program, and the support of UCI's administration.”

At The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, in addition to its overall ranking, several of the school’s specialty areas ranked in the top 50, including aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (29), biomedical/bioengineering (40), civil (31), computer (43), electrical/electronic/communications (49), environmental/environmental health (34), materials (45) and mechanical (30).

The Graduate School of Management (now The Paul Merage School of Business) tied as the nation’s 49th best business program. The school also ranked 11th in the specialty area of information systems, and the executive M.B.A. program ranked 20th.

All three of UCI’s graduate psychology programs appear among the top 50: the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior ranks 16th, Department of Cognitive Sciences 22nd and Department of Psychology and Social Behavior 47th. The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior ranks fifth in the behavioral neuroscience specialty, while the Department of Cognitive Science ranks 13th in the cognitive psychology specialty.

Other UCI doctoral programs listed among the top 50 this year include economics, 48th; English, 16th (with the literary criticism and theory specialty ranking second, and gender and literature ranking 19th); history, 32nd; political science, 35th; and sociology, 27th.

UCI programs and specialties not evaluated this year by U.S. News & World Report and remaining among the top 50 include: the graduate creative writing program (6), health care management (9), organic chemistry (11), drama and theater (12), third-world literature (12), cell biology/developmental biology (21), 19th- and 20th-century literature (22), computer science (29), chemistry (30), fine arts (34), biology (36), physics (38) and mathematics (47).

The 2006 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools will be available at newsstands and bookstores April 4.

About US. News & World Report Methodology: Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. For rankings in these five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of nearly 1,300 programs and almost 9,600 academics and professionals conducted in fall 2004. Periodically, U.S. News also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts. For the first time since 2001, U.S. News has updated the rankings of Ph.D. programs in the social sciences and humanities, and produced new rankings of doctoral programs in criminology.

For business schools,  U.S. News surveyed 391 accredited master’s programs on quality, placement success and student selectivity. For engineering schools, the deans and department chairs at 198 engineering schools with doctoral programs were surveyed. For medical schools, the ranking is based on surveys of 143 accredited medical and osteopathic schools.

About the University of California, Irvine: The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked public university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3 billion.

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