Columbia medical students at white coat ceremony reciting Hippocratic oath

VP&S, Nursing, and Mailman in Top 5 of New Grad School Rankings

Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S), School of Nursing (SON), and Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) continue to rank among the top schools of their kind. Each school earned a place among the top five in its respective category in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of graduate schools. The publication does not rank dental schools.

At No. 4, its highest ranking ever, VP&S tied with Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco. The ranking marks an increase from the previous year, when VP&S ranked No. 6 in a tie with the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, UCLA, UCSF, and Washington University.   

Students in the Mailman School of Public Health during a class discussion

Students in a class at the Mailman School of Public Health. Photo: MSPH.

The School of Nursing ranked No. 5 among nursing schools in both master’s programs and doctor of nursing practice programs. In both categories, Columbia is the only New York City nursing school ranked in the top 10. In master’s programs, the school moved up from No. 11 in last year’s rankings. 

The Mailman School of Public Health retained its No. 4 ranking announced in 2019, the last time public health schools were ranked. Mailman is the only New York City public health school ranked in the top 30.

“These rankings are the result of the hard work and dedication of thousands of faculty, staff, and trainees across CUIMC, under great Chairs and Directors, and they signify Columbia’s status as a preeminent academic medical center,” said Anil K. Rustgi, MD, interim executive vice president and dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia. “I wish also to emphasize our deep partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.”

Among medical specialties ranked this year among medical schools, VP&S was No. 6 in internal medicine and psychiatry, No. 7 in anesthesiology and obstetrics & gynecology, No. 8 in surgery, No. 11 in radiology, and No. 13 in pediatrics. 

Several clinical specialties are listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings, which are announced each July. In the 2020-21 hospital rankings, eight specialties at Columbia/NewYork-Presbyterian were ranked among the top five nationally: cardiology and heart surgery (No. 4), gynecology (No. 4), nephrology (No. 2), neurology/neurosurgery (No. 3), psychiatry (No. 4), urology (No. 5), diabetes/endocrinology (No. 5), and rheumatology (No. 4), a collaborative program with the Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Columbia Nursing students with robot simulated patient

Columbia nursing students with a medical training robot in the Helene Fuld Health Trust Simulation Center. Photo: Jörg Meyer.

The School of Nursing ranked in several specialty degree programs within its DNP program: It ranked No. 3 for its psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (NP) program; No. 4 for its adult gerontology primary care NP program; No. 5 for its pediatric primary care NP program; and No. 9 for its family NP program. In addition, its master’s degree in administration/management ranked No. 5. 

Full rankings are available at U.S. News & World Report.