High National Rankings for UMass Amherst/SBS
US News & World Report is well known for its annual rankings of educational institutions. In the National Universities category, for schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral degrees and also are committed to producing groundbreaking research, UMass Amherst was ranked in the Tier 1 category, coming in 102nd overall and 50th in public universities. Guidance counselors ranked UMass Amherst 58th nationally.
This year US News analyzed more than 12,000 graduate programs to assess this year's rankings. Departments in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences showed up several times in the top listings. Sociology tied for 31st nationally with the University of California San Diego and Vanderbilt University. This ranking shows a progression since 2005 when Sociology ranked 35th. Psychology tied for 50th, with institutions like Boston University, Florida State, SUNY Stony Brook, and the University of Georgia. And the Center for Public Policy and Administration came in at 72, along with the University of Missouri Kansas CiIty, the University of Oklahoma, University of South Carolina, among others.
Other areas at UMass Amherst that had strong national rankings are as follows:
Computer Science 20
Public Affairs 72
Biological Sciences 68
Fine Arts 81
April 23, 2009