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St. John’s Programs Earn National Rankings

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Recognized once again for the quality of its academic programs, St. John’s has earned a spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of top graduate programs, with the School of Law and The School of Education receiving high marks from the publication.

For the third consecutive year, the School of Law saw a rise in its place on the U.S. News list of graduate schools. In their current “Best Grad Schools: Law” ranking, the St. John’s School of Law was featured at number 72—up from the number 107 spot on the 2015 list.

“The Law School’s three-year increase of 35 places in the U.S. News rankings is the largest of any law school in the country,” said Michael A. Simons, J.D., Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics. “This rise reflects the quality of our students, talent of our faculty, support of our alumni, and strength of our employment outcomes.”

In addition, St. John’s School of Law ranked 38th on The National Law Journal’s latest list of “Go-To Law Schools” for placing graduates in the 100 biggest US law firms.

The School of Education ranked at number 93 on the publisher’s most recent list of “Best Graduate Schools: Education,” up from the 115th position last year.

“We improved our ranking for a number of reasons, but at the forefront was the increased research productivity of our faculty, which included grants, journal articles, and books,” said Michael Sampson, Ph.D., Dean of The School of Education. “It’s not just about rankings. The bottom line is that our ranking reflects better programs—and better prepared educators—which impacts the quality of student experiences.”

For the fourth consecutive year, The School of Education’s Online Graduate program was listed among the U.S. News top 25 schools, with a  number 22 spot in the “Best Online Programs: Graduate Education” category.

In determining the best programs, U.S. News weighs five different categories: student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.