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### Florida State University’s Education, Nursing, and Law Graduate Programs Gain National Recognition

Florida State University’s graduate programs have been recognized as some of the best in the country, as indicated by the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” published on April 9.

The rankings highlight the excellence of graduate programs in education, law, and nursing, with Education achieving the notable position of No. 14 among all public and private universities.

President Richard McCullough emphasized the pivotal role of FSU’s exceptional graduate programs in solidifying its reputation as a premier educational institution in the nation. He commended the faculty and students for their commitment to cutting-edge research, teaching, and service that positively impact the local and global community across various disciplines.

Of particular significance is the achievement of FSU’s graduate program in Education and the College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice, both securing the top position among public universities in Florida.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jim Clark, attributed FSU’s success as a leading research institution to the outstanding graduate programs. He highlighted the university’s investments in graduate education to attract top-tier students and provide them with the necessary support for their academic and creative pursuits.

The growing interest in FSU’s graduate programs is evident from the increasing number of prospective students applying for Fall 2024, marking it as the third-largest applicant pool in the university’s history.

Dean of The Graduate School, Mark Riley, expressed pride in the rising recognition of FSU’s colleges and programs, underscoring the collaborative efforts of faculty, students, and deans in achieving remarkable outcomes that resonate nationally and internationally.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences witnessed a significant advancement in its graduate program in Education, climbing seven spots to No. 14 overall and No. 6 among public universities. Several education specialties within the college also achieved top rankings among public institutions.

Dean Damon Andrew celebrated the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ accomplishments, acknowledging its leading position in Florida and its growing prominence among elite educational institutions nationwide.

The College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program continued its upward trajectory, securing the No. 26 position overall and No. 17 among public colleges. The program’s remarkable ascent reflects the dedication of the faculty, impactful research initiatives, and innovative curriculum aimed at shaping the future of nursing practice.

Dean Jing Wang expressed immense pride in the DNP program’s national ranking progress, attributing it to the faculty’s excellence, groundbreaking research endeavors, and the program’s focus on educating proficient nurse practitioners prepared to lead in various healthcare domains.

Additionally, the College of Law at FSU demonstrated notable progress, advancing to No. 23 among public institutions and No. 48 overall. Several specialty programs within the College of Law achieved top rankings among public institutions, showcasing the institution’s strength in diverse legal fields.

Dean Erin O’Hara O’Connor commended the College of Law’s recognition among the nation’s top-tier law schools, emphasizing the faculty’s expertise and the comprehensive curriculum that underpin the institution’s success in legal education.