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U.S. News names Loyola among top law schools and online nursing programs

March 16, 2012

U.S. News & World Report has listed Loyola University New Orleans among its top-ranked law schools and online nursing programs in its 2013 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” which will be available on newsstands April 3. Rankings are currently available online at USNews.com.

Loyola’s School of Nursing was listed among the report’s inaugural rankings of online graduate degree programs, making the honor roll for online options. U.S. News surveyed more than 3,000 regionally accredited institutions offering at least one master’s-level program in business, nursing, education or other disciplines. Schools that reported they offered degrees with course content at least 80 percent accessible to students online for at least one full academic year before 2011 were ranked on up to four separate sets of quality measures having to do with admissions selectivity, student engagement and accreditation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. To make the honor roll, a school needed to place in the top third of ranked schools in at least three of the four areas.

Among U.S. News’ top schools of law, Loyola’s College of Law increased its standing this year, climbing to 135 from the previous year’s ranking of 143.

"Loyola’s inclusion in the 2013 edition of 'Best Graduate Schools' is a further testament to the diligence and commitment of our faculty and staff to providing the best possible education for our students," said Loyola Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E. "It is an honor to have our law school and online nursing programs recognized alongside some of this country's most prestigious institutions.”

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 opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data comes from surveys of administrators at more than 1,200 programs, as well as nearly 15,000 academics and professionals, conducted during the fall of 2011 and early 2012.

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