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Columbia Nursing Ranked #5 by U.S. News & World Report

March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2022 rankings of the top graduate schools in the United States.

We are pleased that Columbia University School of Nursing is ranked at number 5 in the nation.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is also ranked at 5th in the nation.

Within the DNP program Columbia Nursing ranked No. 3 for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (NP) program; No. 4 for the adult gerontology primary care NP program; No. 5 for the pediatric primary care NP program, and No. 9 for the family NP program. In addition, our master’s degree in administration/management ranked No. 5. 

This acknowledgment of our excellence comes at a critical time, when now more than ever we need to prepare nurses with the knowledge and skills required to meet the myriad challenging health-care demands that the nation and the world are experiencing today.

Even before the COVID crisis, nursing was proclaimed the most trusted profession in the United States. Today, nurses are widely recognized as the backbone of the country’s health-care system. I know that Columbia nurses will long continue to advance the public’s health and well-being, with regard for all populations, irrespective of race or ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, mental health, or cognitive, sensory, or physical disabilities.

I close by noting that while rankings of this sort must always be viewed advisedly, it is nonetheless satisfying for our school to be acknowledged for its commitment to outstanding academic programs, research, and clinical service—especially now. This achievement is shared by our faculty, students, alumni, and staff who make Columbia Nursing one of the exceptional graduate nursing schools in the nation. I am honored to be part of this extraordinary school and look forward to continuing to work with you all to build on our progress.

View the Columbia University Irving Medical Center rankings announcement.

Lorraine Frazier, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean and Mary O’Neil Mundinger Professor
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center