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UNC School of Education advances in U.S. News & World Report rankings to No. 21

The UNC School of Education advanced to No. 21 in newly released U.S. News & World Report rankings, its highest rank in two decades. 

The ranking marks the fourth consecutive year the School has been included in the top 25 among the nation’s schools and colleges of education surveyed by the publication. 

Among public universities, the UNC School of Education advanced to No. 13. 

“This No. 21 ranking speaks to the impact, reach, and reputation of the rigorous and wide-ranging work and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, dean of the UNC School of Education and Alumni Distinguished Professor. “It acknowledges this community’s commitment to and movement toward realizing the transformative power of education and the esteem our peers have for that commitment.  

“In 2017, we implemented a strategic plan that, among other things, invested in field-leading scholars and their high-potential and innovative research and in cutting-edge academic programs that prepare the next generation of highly effective education professionals and scholars. The work of that plan continues, and this ranking is one of many testaments to how we propel the world.” 

The rankings appear in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, released on April 25. 

Seven of the School’s specialty programs were ranked among the best in the nation:

  • Special Education — No. 15 (No. 14 among publics)  
  • Education Psychology — No. 17 (No. 14 among publics) 
  • Elementary Education — No. 17 (No. 13 among publics) 
  • Education Policy — No. 20 (No. 12 among publics) 
  • Secondary Education — No. 20 (No. 16 among publics) 
  • Curriculum and Instruction — No. 24 (No. 18 among publics) 
  • Educational Administration — No. 26 (No. 18 among publics) 

U.S.News & World Report rankings are intended to reflect the impact schools of education have in teaching and research. The publication ranks schools of education based on quality assessments from deans at peer institutions and school system administrators, faculty research activity, student selectivity, and faculty resources. 

The full U.S. News & World Report rankings are available at