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UVA Law remains at No. 8 in latest U.S. News rankings

UVA Law School
Sanjay Suchak

For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranks UVA No. 8 in its annual ranking of law schools, tying with Columbia University. They follow New York University, Harvard and Duke, tied at No. 5.

The publication delayed the release of its 2023-24 Best Graduate Schools list after several schools, including the UVA School of Law, suspended cooperation with the rankings. In an open letter to prospective students in December, UVA law dean Risa Goluboff wrote that “concerns that the rankings do not adequately capture the values of our law school” led to the decision to stop submitting answers to questions that U.S. News poses to gather data for its rankings.

U.S. News said it will continue ranking law schools regardless of whether they submit data by referencing publicly available information, including admissions and test score data.

Here’s how some of UVA’s other graduate schools stacked up in this year’s rankings:

  • Darden School of Business: No. 14 best business school (Last year’s ranking: No. 14)
  • School of Education and Human Development: No. 16 best education school (Last year’s ranking: No. 17)
  • School of Nursing: No. 14 best nursing school, master’s program, and No. 28 best nursing school, doctor of nursing practice program (Last year’s ranking: No. 13 for master’s program and No. 15 for doctor of nursing practice)
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science: No. 37 best engineering school (tied with University of Minnesota, NYU and University of Dayton)
  • School of Medicine: No. 30 best medical school for research and No. 53 best medical school for primary care (Last year’s ranking: No. 30 for research and No. 35 for primary care)

UVA also fared well in another recent ranking: the Princeton Review’s 2023 “Best Value Colleges” report. The company named it the No. 2. best value public university in the country, behind Georgia Tech, moving the school up one spot from last year. The list includes 209 schools, 74 of them public. Its report is based on data collected from institutional and student surveys, as well as information from on alumni career and salary statistics. The company says it “weighted more than 40 data points covering academics, costs, financial aid, debt, grad rates, and career/salary data.”

The Princeton Review also named UVA the No. 1 public school for financial aid, the No. 3 best value public school for students who don’t qualify for financial aid, the No. 4 best public school for career placement and the No. 4 best public schools for alumni networks.