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US News & World Report highlights KU online programs in 2019 rankings

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has three programs ranked among the nation’s best in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Programs,” released today.

The university’s online MBA program is ranked 20th among public universities, a significant jump from 48 last year. KU’s online education program is tied for 33rd among public universities, down slightly from 27th last year. At the medical center, KU’s online nursing program is tied for 29th among public universities.

“Online offerings have become increasingly important throughout higher education, and we are glad to see KU programs recognized in this arena,” Chancellor Douglas A. Girod said. “While we celebrate these successes, we remain focused on our broader mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world.”

The full rankings are available at usnews.com/online.

In addition to today’s “Best Online Programs” rankings, U.S. News & World Report releases its “Best Graduate Schools” rankings each March and its “Best Colleges” rankings in September. In the most recent graduate rankings, KU has 46 programs ranked in the top 50. In the most recent college rankings, KU ranks 61st among public universities.


10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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