College of Education Ranked No. 2, According to U.S. News & World Report Annual Survey

March 15, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, moved to the number 2 position among American schools of education, up from number 10, in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 Best Graduate Schools rankings. The Cockrell School of Engineering and the School of Law each increased their positions, to 8 and 14 respectively.

"Under the leadership of Dean Manuel Justiz, the College of Education has thrived," said William Powers Jr., president of the university. "This ranking is confirmation of the university's commitment to educating the next generation of teachers and leaders in Texas."

"This is wonderful news for the College of Education," said Manuel J. Justiz, College of Education dean, "and I'm so pleased that the hard work of our faculty, students and staff is getting recognition on such a large scale. I want to offer sincere thanks to all of the individuals in our college for their dedication and, of course, to the donors and alumni who so faithfully support our efforts."

Using quantitative and qualitative measures, the magazine annually ranks graduate school programs in business, education, engineering and law. Certain other Ph.D. programs and specialty programs are ranked in alternate years based on ratings of academic experts, including faculty and administrators.

The College of Education, with the largest amount of funded research of any college of education in the country, tied with Harvard University. The Administration/Supervision program was ranked by education school deans as the 4th best in the nation, and Special Education was 5th.

Individual engineering programs in the Cockrell School ranked by deans as among the best in the country are Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical at 10; Biomedical/Bioengineering at 16, Chemical at 6; Civil at 3; Computer at 10; Electrical/Electronic/Communications at 9; Environmental/Environmental Health at 4; Industrial/Manufacturing at 17; Materials at 19; and Mechanical at 11.

The Tax Law program in the School of Law is positioned at 10.

Other top programs at the university include the McCombs School of Business at 17, with Accounting at 1; Entrepreneurship at 7; Information Systems at 3; and the Part-time MBA at 7. The School of Nursing master’s program was ranked number 32.

For more information, contact: Robin Gerrow;  Kay Randall, College of Education, 512-471-6033.

10 Comments to "College of Education Ranked No. 2, According to U.S. News & World Report Annual Survey"

1.  Dan Vickers said on March 17, 2011


Now please mention the lofty positions of both the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools of Architecture...


Dan Vickers, AIA B Arch '91

2.  Howard R. Lowe said on March 17, 2011

How did the Jackson College of Geosciences rank?

3.  rose mary diaz said on March 17, 2011

This is wonderful news for the college of education,faculty,students and staff,for getting for recognition, for the hard work ,job well done # 2

4.  Mark Johnstone said on March 18, 2011

You should also mention that the Computer Science department is ranked #8.

5.  Philip Uri Treisman said on March 21, 2011

It's so good to see the hard work of our education faculty and staff get properly acknowledged. There are so may first rate programs there that rarely get the public praise they deserve.

6.  C Jeong said on March 22, 2011

This article should have mentioned the rank of the dept. of petroleum and geosystems engineering. It is always the rank 1 or 2 in the nation.

7.  Leah Arnett said on March 25, 2011

As a doctoral student in the College of Education Higher Ed Admin program, it thrills me to know that our faculty is getting the recognition deserved! Further, it is really nice to know that UT COE is the highest ranked among PUBLIC schools! And only second to the Ivy League Harvard...hmmm.

UT has so many fine colleges that are deserving of recognition.

8.  Pam Martin said on March 30, 2011

I think it is fabulous, and I certainly believe it as my daughter has had a great undergrad education in the COE and will graduate in May. The sad think was when the superintendent of Austin public schools spoke to all the kids 2 weeks ago and told them the best they could hope for was a permanent sub position for $10,000/yr. Hopefully that will change.

9.  Pam Martin said on March 30, 2011

Sorry - I meant to say thing in previous comment. I would love for my daughter to go to grad school at UT, I just hope the outlook on jobs isn't so dismal by the time she would graduate from grad school. Kudos to UT

10.  xarahemna said on March 31, 2011

Don't forget the Economics department is ranked #25 for graduate programs--an impressive feat given the high caliber of economic programs available.