Pharmacy, physical therapy, fine arts rise sharply among nation’s universities

COLUMBUS According to the U.S. News & World Report 2009 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” released this week, three graduate programs at The Ohio State University gained significantly in rankings among American universities since last year’s report. Pharmacy rose to number five after being ranked 11th in the 2008 edition, and physical therapy cracked the top 20 for the first time, with a ranking of 19th up 16 positions from the previous year. And the master of fine arts program climbed to 21st from its previous 28th position.

In addition, the university received top five rankings in vocational/ technical education, counseling/personnel services (education), dispute resolution (law), pharmacy, industrial design, American politics, social psychology, and veterinary medicine.

“Overall these are very significant results for Ohio State and they reflect the hard work of so many dedicated faculty and students,” said President E. Gordon Gee. “While small variations occur year to year both up and down, our continuing trend is positive. I am especially pleased by the outstanding progress of pharmacy, physical therapy and fine arts.”

The reputation of Ohio State’s College of Medicine continues to improve, stepping up to 30th among all institutions and 13th among publics. The college was ranked 37th in 2005 and 39th in 2004. In addition, the college’s program in primary care jumped to 31st in the country, from 38th the previous year. In addition to the rise in rankings of pharmacy and physical therapy, other university health sciences programs also experienced improved rankings this year, including clinical psychology and occupational therapy.

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