The Johns Hopkins University has the No. 1 nursing school in the country according to rankings of graduate programs released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
Multiple programs at Hopkins, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore — the state's leading centers for graduate education — finished in the top 25 in the magazine's rankings. The ratings for medical, law and other graduate schools incorporate test scores, undergraduate grades, acceptance rates and peer assessments.
Hopkins again finished third in the ranking of medical schools, behind Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Maryland School of Medicine finished No. 38 in the category, up two spots from last year. The University of Maryland School of Nursing finished No. 11 in the category topped by Hopkins.
The Hopkins nursing school finished No. 4 the last time the magazine compiled rankings in that category in 2008. "It's reinforcing," said Dean Martha N. Hill of the ranking jump. "The people we have are visionary, and it's nice to see that others in the field see that. It reinforces that we're doing things the right way."
Hill said the excellence of the school's doctoral program and the ability to attract federal research dollars set Hopkins apart. Research specialties include family violence and cardiovascular care.
The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington also were tied for the top spot with Hopkins' Nursing School.
The University of Maryland School of Law also moved up in the rankings from No. 48 to No. 42 in a category topped by Yale and Harvard. The University of Baltimore School of Law finished at No. 117 after not appearing in last year's rankings.
The schools of education at Hopkins and the University of Maryland placed No. 18 and No. 23, respectively.
The University of Maryland finished No. 22 in engineering, four spots ahead of Hopkins at No. 26.
The Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park finished No. 45 among MBA programs.