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**Top Occupational Therapy Program in the Nation: BU’s Sargent College Leads U.S. News’ 2024 Best Graduate Schools Rankings**

BU’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences maintained its top position nationally for occupational therapy (OT) programs in the most recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

This year marks the third consecutive occasion where Sargent outperformed its counterparts in the OT rankings. (U.S. News evaluates these programs once every four years.) Additionally, the college made progress in the 2024 rankings for its speech-language pathology program, now ranked 5th in the country (previously 10th), and physical therapy (PT) program, now ranked 11th (previously 20th).

In parallel, BU’s School of Public Health advanced to the seventh position nationally in its category. SPH Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor expressed, “The School of Public Health has consistently been a global leader, and it is gratifying to see the rankings reaffirm this fact once again.”

“These rankings underscore the exceptional caliber of our students and faculty,” mentioned Sargent’s dean. “Our faculty members are trailblazers in their respective fields, producing top-tier research and scholarship acknowledged at national conferences. They also pioneer advancements in their curricula, shaping well-equipped health providers. Our graduates are recognized for their adaptability to the evolving landscape of healthcare.”

The rankings influence the caliber of applicants to Boston University. Prospective students take note of these rankings.

Jack Dennerlein, Dean of Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

The assessment covered 158 OT programs, 158 speech programs, 136 PT programs, and 114 public health schools.

Dennerlein emphasized the significance of these rankings, stating, “They offer external validation of the pride we experience daily, guiding students towards realizing their future potential. Moreover, these rankings are pivotal for prospective students as they influence decisions regarding program applications and subsequent enrollment.”

“The rankings impact the quality of applicants to Boston University. Prospective students closely consider these rankings. They serve as a guide for students exploring potential programs, thereby intensifying competition for admission into these programs.”

_ U.S. News_ noted in its rankings release, “These impressive rankings enable Boston University to showcase U.S. News Best Graduate Schools awards ‘badges’ (logos) to endorse these programs on websites, in promotional materials, and across various media platforms.”