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University of Arizona listed highly in various national rankings

Several UA colleges received national recognition from various organizations, ranking them  highly alongside similar top programs from across the country. 

The UA’s College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, College of Nursing and Eller College of Management received national rankings for 2015.

“This kind of result cannot happen by virtue of a few people,” said Robert Miller, director of the UA School of Architecture. “It is the result of students, faculty and staff working together to develop a strong culture of critical practice, then, by having our graduates take their skill and knowledge out into practice and make a difference.”

The UA undergraduate architecture program is ranked in the top 20 programs of 2015 nationwide by America’s Best Architecture Schools 2014.

Since 2010, this marks the third time that the School of Architecture has been in the top 20 out of 154 programs.

“It shows that our graduates are well and competitively trained and that they are recognized as such by architecture firms across the country,” Miller said.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, UA’s College of Nursing was ranked 36 in the country for Best Online Nursing Schools & Master’s Programs 2015, which means that the UA has the highest ranked online nursing program in the state of Arizona.

The program offers three advanced degree programs: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Clinical Systems Leadership.

“The online program is great because our staff and faculty are really committed to making a program for working nurses. … They can take classes all over the country and the world, even,” said Janelle Drumwright, Communications Manager at the UA College of Nursing.

The program’s first graduating class graduated in 2014.

“It is great to receive recognition, because it means that all of our dedication and hard work paid off,” Drumwright added.

Eller College has also earned a new recognition for its online MBA program. It has been ranked 29 of 196 programs in the country by a U.S. News and World Report survey of 2015 Best Online Graduate Programs.

Eller College only launched this program last year, and the first graduating class just walked in December.

The online program is offering six start dates throughout the year in efforts to accommodate all of its students’ schedules.

Sixty-five percent of Eller College’s online students are based in Arizona, with the rest disbursed around the country, reaching as far as New York.

Eller College’s on-campus programs continue to hold their reputations, and the Eller undergraduate programs are rated 11th in the country by U.S. News and World Report.


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