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

GRADUATE SCHOOLS AT Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University earned spots on U.S. News & World Report
GRADUATE SCHOOLS AT Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University earned spots on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 list of the nation's best graduate schools. COURTESY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

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:

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.