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GSS Receives Top Ranking in U.S. News & World Report


Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) stands among the top 25 graduate schools of social work in the nation, according to the editors of U.S. News & World Report.

Peter Vaughan, Ph.D.

GSS was ranked 18th out of 94 schools listed in the magazine’s April 2 issue, sharing the position with the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, the University of Kansas and the University of Maryland-Baltimore. Fordham placed higher than many other notable universities, including Boston University and New York University.

Academic quality of programs was measured on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). GSS received a ranking of 3.5.

“I am very pleased that we ranked among the twenty top social work programs in the nation,” said Peter Vaughan, Ph.D., dean of the GSS. “This ranking is tribute to the excellent reputation of our fine faculty, especially when one considers that with possibly one exception the other ranked schools of social work have their own buildings, robust endowments and health science centers that support the research of the social work faculty.”

Taking top honors was Washington University in St. Louis, followed by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in second place and the University of Chicago in the third position.

The magazine ranked this year’s graduate programs in social work based on statistical indicators measuring quality of faculty, research and students. The data was gathered from more than 14,000 academics and professionals interviewed last fall.


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