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Brown, URI grad schools earn kudos on U.S. News list of U.S. best

Graduate schools from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island were ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings released Tuesday.

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Brown, URI grad schools earn kudos on U.S. News list of U.S. best


PROVIDENCE – Graduate schools from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island were ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings released Tuesday.

In the report, U.S. News ranked the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 31st in its rankings of the best medical schools for research, tying with Ohio State University College of Medicine. The 2018 ranking is a four-place improvement from the school’s ranking as 35th in the 2017 findings published last year.

With a score of 52 out of 100, the Alpert School was credited with a faculty-to-student ratio of 1.4 to 1, and out-of-state tuition and fees of $60,000. There were 544 students in enrolled in 2016 and the school received $102 million in National Institutes of Health grants that year.

In the primary care rankings for top medical schools, the Alpert School came in 21st, tying with the University of Iowa’s Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the University of Rochester. This also marks an improvement, as the Alpert School ranked 32nd in the 2017 primary care list.

The Providence Ivy League school’s graduate-level School of Engineering came in 52nd in U.S. News findings, tying with fellow Ivy Leaguer, Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering. Brown’s program received a 36 out of 100 and students there received an average quantitative GRE score of 165. Five percent of the school’s faculty claimed membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 and that year the school spent $24 million on research.

The School of Engineering’s rank improved by 10 spots from last year’s ranking, according to prior PBN reporting.

Multiple Brown graduate-level social sciences and humanities graduate-level programs, ranked by their department chair and senior faculty, appeared on the list. These are:

  • Economics (19th) and Development Economics (6th)

  • English (13th); tied with Duke University

  • History (16th); tied with the University of Texas Austin

  • Political Science (40th); tied with Florida State University, George Washington University, the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Pittsburgh

  • Psychology (26th); tied with Johns Hopkins, Pennsylvania State University-University Park, University of California Davis, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Iowa, University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, University of Washington and Vanderbilt University

  • Sociology (24th); tied with University of Arizona and University of Maryland College Park

Comparisons to the 2017 list of social sciences and humanities schools were unavailable.

URI’s College of Nursing tied for 79th-best in the nation in this year’s U.S. News report, tied with University of Massachusetts Worcester and Northeastern University. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the state’s flagship nursing program cost $25,752 in 2016 and grants, inclusive of NIH funding, totaled $602,900 last year.

The graduate nursing program was ranked 128th in last year’s U.S. News findings.

In a sort of honorable mention, Roger Williams School of Law, the state’s sole law school, was listed among the “other schools to consider” at the bottom of the report, as well as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s law school. In the 2017 rankings neither RWU nor UMass Dartmouth were listed – the latter because it was only provisionally approved by the American Bar Association as of Jan. 1, 2016.

However, in a separate ranking, the RWU Law School’s diversity index was measured at 0.42 out of 1.0. The largest minority at the school is Hispanics, which account for 9 percent of the student body. Diversity at UMass Dartmouth was 0.44 out of 1.0, with 10 percent of the student body identifying as Hispanic. This data was collected by U.S. News from each of the law schools.

In the full-time master’s of business administration rankings, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania moved up three places to tie with Harvard University at No. 1. The Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago followed at No. 3, while Stanford University, the Sloan School of Business at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University tied at No. 4.

Graduate-level disciplines ranked by U.S. News are evaluated on factors including employment rates and starting salaries for graduates and standardized test scores of newly enrolled students.


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It is nice to read about the top ranking here but what about this story you people did not bother to put on your website:

Providence is Not Too Happy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The City of Providence is not a happy place to live.

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Providence is ranked 117th on a list of 150 of the happiest cities in the country.

Providence ranks 129th for emotional and physical well being, 59th for income and employment and 90th for community and environment.

The study also notes that Providence has the second fewest work hours in the country behind only Tallahassee, Florida.

The Rankings

Providence ranks behind Newport News, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida at 115th and 116th respectively. Providence ranks ahead of Knoxville, Tennessee and Baton Rouge, Louisiana who rank 118th and 119th respectively.

Fremont, California is ranked as the happiest city in the U.S. while Detroit, Michigan is ranked last!


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