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**Top National Rankings for URI College of Nursing Graduate Programs**

KINGSTON, R.I. — April 9, 2024 — The University of Rhode Island College of Nursing graduate programs have once again achieved a prominent position among the top nursing colleges nationwide, demonstrating a remarkable year-over-year improvement, as indicated by the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is now tied at the 66th position out of 354 nursing schools in the country, a significant leap from its previous ranking of 86. This notable advancement was unveiled in the rankings published on April 9. Furthermore, the program has consistently excelled in recent years, maintaining its placement among the top 50 nationwide, currently holding the 48th spot out of 603 nursing schools evaluated.

“We are dedicated to delivering exceptional education to all our students, particularly our graduate cohorts who have access to state-of-the-art facilities and some of the most esteemed educators in the field,” expressed [Person’s Name]. “At our institution, students are not merely statistics; we prioritize getting to know them personally and professionally, fostering their growth and success. It is truly gratifying to witness the College’s endeavors being acknowledged at a national level.”

U.S. News & World Report, a reputable source for college and university rankings, conducted a survey encompassing 648 nursing schools offering master’s or doctoral programs accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The publication evaluated each school’s overall standing based on 15 distinct criteria, including faculty qualifications, student-to-faculty ratio, faculty research achievements, clinical experience, peer assessment scores, and more.

The URI College of Nursing has not only met but surpassed these benchmarks as it expands its academic offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Approximately one-third of the College’s faculty members hold esteemed Fellow status in national nursing associations such as the American Academy of Nursing, recognizing their exceptional scholarly contributions. Last year, numerous URI students were inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, with a select few receiving membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Over the past five years, there has been a notable increase in faculty publications, external grants, and philanthropic contributions to the College, underscoring its significant influence on healthcare and well-being.

The College’s progress is evident not only in its graduate programs but also in its undergraduate initiatives. For the second consecutive year, the College’s undergraduate program is tied at the 67th position out of 656 programs nationwide, according to rankings released on September 17. This achievement marks a remarkable ascent in the rankings, rising from the 96th spot just two years ago, which coincided with the inaugural ranking of undergraduate programs by the publication. For more details on the College’s educational offerings, please visit the official website.