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National Rankings

The University of Kentucky regularly is listed in many "top" or "best of" categories by national publications or organizations. The following is an ever-growing list of national rankings.

1st
Creation of startup companies among UK benchmark institutions, 2011
College of Agriculture, Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Hispanic Studies, Stony Brook Study of Faculty Productivity, 2008
College of Communication and Information, Department of Communication, External Grants, National Communication Association

3rd
College of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009

4th
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, public finance and budgeting program, U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
Creation of startup companies among 105 public institutions (those involved in commercialization efforts), 2011
College of Agriculture, Entomology, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Management, Decision Science and Information Systems, faculty research in the Information Systems discipline among public universities, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2006

5th
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Management, Decision Science and Information Systems, researchers in the Information Systems discipline worldwide, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, 2011
Martin School of Public Policy, Public Administration, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
College of Pharmacy (public and private institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2009
College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences doctoral program, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography, Cultural Geography Program, Professional Geographer, 2009
College of Agriculture, Plant Sciences, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2007

6th
Creation of startup companies among 149 public and private institutions (those involved in commercialization efforts), 2011
Master of Science in Accountancy graduating class for pass rates among advanced degree programs on the CPA exam, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, 2010
College of Arts and Sciences, Hispanic Studies, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009

7th
University of Kentucky, Military Times' Edge magazine, "Best for Vets" colleges, 2012
College of Arts and Sciences, Hispanic Studies, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
College of Communication and Information, Department of Communication, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
College of Agriculture, Plant Physiology, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2007

9th
College of Nursing, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
College of Medicine, Nutrition Program, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2007

10th
College of Nursing, nursing service administration, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
College of Medicine, Nutritional Science, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
Gatton College of Business and Economics, 10th most popular business school in the nation among applicants, U.S. News & World Report, 2011
College of Agriculture, Agricultural Sciences Research, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2007

11th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, National Research Council doctoral ranking, 2010
College of Education, Exercise Science, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
University of Kentucky, Top Social Media Colleges, StudentAdvisor.com, 2011
Licensing income per $10 million of research expenditures among UK benchmarks, 2011

13th
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Management, Decision Science and Information Systems, pro-rated Information Systems research productivity among all public Carnegie Very-High Research universities, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2007

14th
College of Medicine, Social Mission, George Washington University Study, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2010

15th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography, National Research Council doctoral rankings, 2010
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Management, Decision Science and Information Systems, faculty research in the Information Systems discipline among all U.S. public universities, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2006

TOP 15
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital was ranked among the nation's top 15 major academic medical centers by Solucient, 2007.

16th
College of Nursing, family nurse practitioner program, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
College of Engineering, Computer Science (public institutions), Academic Analytics, 2009
College of Medicine, Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, best master's degree programs in international affairs, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College of William and Mary, 2009

17th
College of Education, Rehabilitation Counseling (public and private institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
College of Nursing, Ph.D. in Nursing, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009

18th
College of Communication and Information, Ph.D. in communication, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
College of Arts and Sciences, Geography, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Management, Decision Science and Information Systems, doctoral program in the Information Systems discipline among public universities, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 2006

19th
College of Public Health, Ph.D. in Gerontology, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Economics, published research in all major peer-reviewed economic journals, Southern Economic Journal, 2008

Top 20
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Program (public universities), Research in Developmental Disabilities

21st
College of Nursing (overall), U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

22nd
College of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy (public institutions only), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, public policy analysis program (public and private institutions), U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

23rd
College of Arts and Sciences, Political Sciences, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009

24th
College of Social Work (public institutions) U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

25th
UK College of Public Health, overall Public Health Graduate Program, U.S. News & World Report, 2013

Top 25
College of Medicine, Ph.D. in Physiology, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
College of Agriculture, Ph.D. in Entomology, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
College of Business and Economics, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Academic Analytics, Faculty Scholarly Activity Index, 2009
College of Medicine, Graduate Center for Toxicology, Research and Graduate Education, National Research Council/Public
UK Career Center, Best Public University Career Centers in the U.S., Kaplan's National Guidance Counselor Survey

27th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Program (public institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
College of Communication and Information, School of Library and Information Science, , U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, gynecology, U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Hospitals," 2007

30th
University of Kentucky, Total Research and Development Expenditures, (among public universities), National Science Foundation, 2011
College of Engineering, Computer Science (public and private institutions), Academic Analytics, 2009
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Management Program, Academy of Management News

31st
University of Kentucky, number of new freshman National Merit Scholars (public institutions), National Merit Scholarship Corp., 2008

32nd
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, master's program (public and private institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

33rd
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Program (public and private institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2009

36th
College of Social Work, U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
University of Kentucky Libraries, Public Research Library, Association of Research Libraries, 2008-2009

38th
College of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy (public and private institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

40th
College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (public institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2009

41st
Licensing income among 105 public institutions, Association of University Technology Managers, 2009
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, ear, nose and throat, U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Hospitals," 2007

44th
College of Health Sciences, Communication Disorders (public institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

46th
UK College of Public Health, health care management program, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools,"  2013
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, cancer, U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Hospitals," 2007
College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Science Foundation, R&D expenditures 2006

51st
Gatton College of Business and Economics Evening MBA Program, part-time MBA programs, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News and World Report

53rd
College of Health Sciences, Communication Disorders (public and private institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

55th
College of Medicine, ranked for primary care, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
College of Engineering, undergraduate program (public institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges," 2009

56th
Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Economics, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News and World Report

60th
College of Medicine, ranked for research, U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
University of Kentucky, Top Public Schools, U.S.News & World Report, 2013

64th
University of Kentucky, Total Research and Development Expenditures among all universities in rankings from National Science Foundation FY 2012

64th
University of Kentucky Libraries, Research Library, Association of Research Libraries, 2008-2009

65th
University of Kentucky, Number of National Merit Scholars enrolled (public and private institutions), National Merit Scholarship Corp. 2008

66th
College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering (public and private institutions), U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2009

71st
College of Law, U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

76th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics, U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

78th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

81st
College of Arts and Sciences, English, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

83rd
College of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
College of Education, America's Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News and World Report, 2011

84th
College of Health Sciences, physician assistant program, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

85th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

86th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

90th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

91st
College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

92nd
College of Engineering, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

94th
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry, U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013

Updated May 6, 2014 by Chuck Ham