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U.S. News & World Report again ranks UNC School of Education in Top 25

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For the fifth consecutive year, the UNC School of Education has been included in the top 25 among the nation’s schools and colleges of education surveyed in the newly released U.S. News & World Report rankings.  

In addition to ranking No. 25 overall, the School ranked No. 16 among public universities.  

“Our sustained ranking in U.S. News & World Report serves as another affirmation of our UNC School of Education community’s deep commitment to education,” said Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, dean of the UNC School of Education and Alumni Distinguished Professor. “This ranking reflects an incredible faculty whose members excel as both innovative researchers and passionate educators. They drive groundbreaking and innovative educational research while simultaneously nurturing the next generation of education professionals and scholars.  

“This ranking also speaks to our exceptional students and alumni who bring the highest level of dedication and expertise to bear each day on behalf of schools, educators, and learners.”  

The rankings appear in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, released on April 9.  

U.S. News & World Report also ranked seven of the School’s specialty programs among the best in the nation, which include: 

  • Special Education – No. 13 (No. 12 among publics) 
  • Elementary Education – No. 14 (No. 11 among publics)  
  • Educational Psychology – No. 15 (No. 12 among publics) 
  • Education Policy – No. 16 (No. 9 among publics) 
  • Educational Administration – No. 17 (No. 13 among publics)  
  • Secondary Education – No. 17 (No. 14 among publics) 
  • Curriculum and Instruction – No. 22 (No. 17 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.  

For the rankings of schools of education, U.S. News & World Report surveyed 456 schools that grant doctoral degrees in education, with 265 schools responding to the survey. 

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