2024 rankings for School of Nursing from U.S. News

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The Daily published the latest U.S. News & World Reports rankings for graduate and professional programs, including those for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Following widespread critiques of the criteria used in developing such rankings, the publication has again shifted its methodology in many areas—leading to impressive jumps for some CWRU programs, slight declines for others, and entirely new rankings for a few more.

U.S. News says its rankings generally now focus more on research, scholarship and student outcomes with less emphasis on reputation and selectivity/student quality.

“Though we all know rankings can’t possibly convey the true experience and value of a Case Western Reserve education, I appreciate U.S. News’ increased emphasis on quantitative data,” President Eric W. Kaler said. “That said, the quality of our programs and our people is what makes Case Western Reserve truly exceptional, and I look forward to finding ways to ensure others recognize our impact.”


The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing ranked #17 among best nursing schools for both master’s programs (down three) and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (up three).

Nursing rankings this year had an “increased emphasis on program size, research and faculty resources while reducing emphasis on reputation,” the publication reported. These shifts led to Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing being ranked No. 17 for its nursing master’s and doctoral programs. 

In addition, the publication introduced two new specialty rankings: CWRU is now No. 4 for best adult primary care nurse practitioner and No. 12 for best family nurse practitioner programs. The school’s acute care nurse practitioner ranking remains at No. 7 in the U.S., while its midwifery program slipped one to No. 22 and the nurse anesthesia program remained at 36th.

Read the full article from The Daily, published April 9, 2024.