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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

UK HealthCare Chandler Hospital named No. 1 in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings, 2018 Creation of startup companies among UK benchmark institutions, Association of University Technology Managers, 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 Best Graduate Schools, 2020 College of Communication and Information, School of Information Science, health librarianship, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 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, 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

College of Pharmacy, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 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 Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 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 Engineering, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 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 Agriculture, Food and Environment, School of Human Environmental Sciences, marriage and family therapy graduate degree, Online Psychology Degrees, 2016 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

20th

College of Communication and Information, School of Library and Information Science, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

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

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

24th College of Medicine, National Institutes of Health funding (among public institutions), Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, 2018

25th Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, master's program, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

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

26th College of Communication and Information, School of Information Science, Most Affordable Online Master’s in Library Science Degree, GradSchoolHub.com.

27th UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, gynecology, U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Hospitals," 2007

28th College of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

29th Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, public policy analysis program, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

Top 30 UK named among 30 "Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities," by Campus Pride, 2018

30th 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

33rd UK HealthCare for diabetes and endocrinology, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings, 2018

35th College of Nursing, doctoral program, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

36th University of Kentucky Libraries, Public Research Library, Association of Research Libraries, 2008-2009

37th College of Pubic Health, overall graduate program, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

38th UK HealthCare (Markey Cancer Center) for cancer care, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings, 2018

39th College of Public Health, health care management, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

41st University of Kentucky, Total Research and Development Expenditures, (among public universities), National Science Foundation, 2018 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

43rd UK HealthCare for geriatrics, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings, 2017

44th UK HealthCare for neurology and neurosurgery, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings, 2017

45th UK HealthCare for ear, nose and throat, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings, 2018 UK HealthCare for Orthopaedics, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings, 2018

46th College of Health Sciences, Communication Disorders, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 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

47th College of Medicine, National Institutes of Health funding (among public and private institutions), Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, 2018

50th College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, clinical psychology program, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

57th College of Education, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

59th College of Social Work, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

62nd University of Kentucky, Total Research and Development Expenditures (among all public and private universities), National Science Foundation, 2018

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

65th College of Law, tax specialty, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 University of Kentucky, Number of National Merit Scholars enrolled (public and private institutions), National Merit Scholarship Corp. 2008

67th Gatton College of Business and Economics, full-time MBA program, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

68th Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Economics, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

69th College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 202071st

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

72nd College of Medicine, ranked for research, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

74th College of Medicine, ranked for primary care, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

75th University of Kentucky, Top Public Schools, U.S.News & World Report, 2020 College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

76th College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

77th College of Law, intellectural property specialty, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

80th College of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

81st Gatton College of Business and Economics, professional (part-time) MBA, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

82nd College of Engineering, Materials Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

86th College of Law, legal writing specialty, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

87th College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 College of Engineering, Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, U.S. News & World Report 2019 College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

89th College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Statistics, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

90th College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

91st College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020 College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

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

95th College of Engineering, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

98th College of Law, health care specialty, U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools, 2020

Top 100 Chandler Hospital named one of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” according to Becker’s Hospital Review, 2018 Chandler Hospital named among "100 Great Hospitals in America" by Becker's Hospital Review, 2017