U.S. News Rankings
The magazine U.S. News & World Report gathers data on more than 1,800 undergraduate institutions and more than 2,000 graduate programs, both public and private, and ranks them on an annual basis. The magazine also calculates ratings on other matters such as Best Places to Live. The College of Education and Health Professions and its students have much to be proud of every year.
The college's most recent "badges" were earned in the online education sphere. The 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools was published in March 2019.
- No. 14 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans. The ranking was a tie with two other programs. The college also placed No. 13 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans. The ranking was a tie with one other program. Listed academic programs include nursing and human resources development.
- No. 18 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs. The ranking was a tie with one other program. Listed academic programs include nursing and human resources development.
- No. 46 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs. The ranking was a tie with seven other programs.
Graduate education programs overall in the College of Education and Health Professions were placed at 53rd, in a tie with three other colleges. The Master of Science in Nursing, an online program, separately achieved a solid rating.
U.S. News placed at No. 27 the Counselor Education Program of the college's Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders. The ranking was a tie with four other rehabilitation counseling programs.
What about the community in which the campus is set?
Fayetteville, Arkansas, was ranked at No. 4 for Best Places to Live in 2019, with an overall score of 7.3 out of 10, by U.S. News. Its summary begins, "Located in a region that's experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville — together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale — has transformed from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce and entrepreneurialism. The area known as Northwest Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart, the headquarters of Tyson Foods and the home of the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the U of A system."
In September, U.S. News announced that the U of A jumped six spots to tie for 72nd place among public universities in its "Best Colleges 2020" rankings. "The number that pleases me the most is the narrowing of the gap between our predicted and actual graduation rates," said Chancellor Joe Steinmetz. "That gap was 8 percent last year and this year it's 1 percent."
The U.S. News' overview page for the University of Arkansas offers facts at a glance.