Medical school ties for second in rankings

The Washington University School of Medicine is tied for second in the nation, according to new graduate and professional rankings released April 4 by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

It is the highest ranking in the school’s history.

In all, U.S. News has ranked 18 of the University’s graduate and professional programs in the top 10 of their respective fields, and 46 graduate and undergraduate programs in their top 25.

“We are proud of the medical school’s ranking, especially for our faculty, who provide outstanding research, teaching and patient care,” said William A. Peck, M.D., executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “It also is a fitting tribute to our students, who have been rated as the top students in the country for six consecutive years.”

The School of Medicine was ranked third in 2002 and has placed in the top 10 every year since the annual rankings began in 1987. It has ranked first in student selectivity — a measurement of student quality based on Medical College Admission Test scores, undergraduate grade-point average and the proportion of applicants selected — every year since 1998.

In this year’s overall standings, the medical school placed after first-ranked Harvard University and tied with Johns Hopkins University, followed by Duke University; the University of California, San Francisco; and Columbia, Stanford and Yale universities.

Individually, WUSTL’s internal medicine program ranked fourth in the nation, while pediatrics tied for sixth, drug and alcohol abuse placed ninth and women’s health tied for ninth.

The AIDS program placed 15th; health service administration tied for 16th; and geriatrics was ranked 17th in the nation.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science boasted dramatic improvement, rising five spots to tie for 16th in the nation. The program, founded only in 1997, recently moved into a new, state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, Uncas A. Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering.

Overall, the engineering school ranked 35th in the nation.

The School of Art also rose five spots to tie for 21st in the nation, with the sculpture program named 13th.

“We are extremely honored by the growing national reputation of our graduate program,” said Jeff Pike, dean of the School of Art. “It is a testament to the energy and talent of our superb faculty and students, and reflects their ongoing determination to engage the school in the broader intellectual conversations of academic and professional life.”

The School of Law again tied for 25th in the nation, with its clinical training program placing sixth and trial advocacy tied for 17th.

The Olin School of Business tied for 29th in the nation, with the executive master of business administration program ranked 23rd.

The Department of Education in Arts & Sciences tied for 49th.

The 2004 edition of the guidebook America’s Best Graduate Schools hit newsstands April 7. Many of the rankings categories also appeared in the April 14 edition of U.S. News & World Report, which also went on sale April 7.

Complete rankingsA complete set of WUSTL rankings has been prepared from U.S. News & World Report data and is available at This review sheet includes the most recent rankings conducted for each area. U.S. News does not rank every category every year, and some rankings date back as far as 1997.