UNE programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate Schools guide

March 11, 2014

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 Best Graduate Schools guide, and the University of New England has once again been recognized for outstanding programs in health sciences and medicine.

Westbrook College of Health Professions

UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions' graduate programs in occupational therapy, accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and physical therapy, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, are listed in the US News rankings as among the best in the country in 2015.  They are joined by UNE’s nurse anesthesia and physician assistant programs, which are also on the Best Graduate Schools list. US News does not review all programs annually.

College of Osteopathic Medicine

In addition, the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) has been recognized by US News in 2015 for its national leadership in primary care training and rural medicine.

US News’ overall medical school rankings include 25 accredited schools of osteopathic (DO granting) medicine, as well as 128 accredited allopathic (MD granting) programs. The rankings are based on expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students.

Primary Care

UNECOM’s mission of educating the nation’s primary care leaders is reflected in the US News 2015 rankings, which rank the College as eleventh in the nation for schools that turn out the most graduates entering primary care residency training programs. These programs include family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics.

Rural Medicine

Medical school deans and senior faculty also selected the best program specialties using peer assessment surveys. In the Best Medical Schools specialty ranking for rural medicine, UNECOM’s rural medicine program was ranked 16th nationwide, reflecting the program’s world-class reputation.

University of New England is one of only a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission including a medical school, pharmacy, dental hygiene, allied health, and dental medicine. Its two distinctive campuses on the coast of southern Maine, and a new campus in Tangier, Morocco, offer students a quality education with more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Online Education

UNE’s online Master of Science in Education program was recognized byU.S. News & World Report in its 2014 rankings of the Best Online Education Programs.  Only regionally accredited schools that met the federal standard of 100 percent online course delivery were evaluated.

The programs were evaluated based on admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.  UNE’s online M.S.Ed program offers concentrations in career and tech ed online; curriculum and instructional strategies; educational leadership;  inclusion education; and literacy education K-12.

While the 2014 rankings evaluate online programs, many of the top-performing schools, including UNE, also have physical campuses, where face-to-face contact is available to students.

2014 America’s Best Colleges

The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" list once again ranked the University of New England in the top tier of universities in the North that offer "a full range of undergraduate and master's programs.”