Rush University Gets High Grades From U.S. News

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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(CHICAGO) — Rush University received high marks in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” released March 16. Eight programs in the Rush University College of Nursing and two programs in the Rush University College of Health Sciences are ranked among the top 10 in the country.

The College of Nursing is ranked fifth in the Doctor of Nursing Practice category and 16th in the Master’s category. There are 519 nursing schools in the U.S. with master’s or doctoral programs.

The following nursing programs are also ranked:

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (No. 2)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader (No. 3)
  • Nursing Anesthesia (No. 4)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care (No. 4)
  • Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care (No. 4)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (No. 5)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (No. 9)

Additionally, in January the College of Nursing was ranked 11th in U.S. News’ 2016 Best Online Programs rankings.

Rush’s College of Health Sciences has top 10 placements in two disciplines:

  • Health Systems Management (No. 5; ranked in 2015)
  • Audiology — Doctorate (No. 9)

The College of Health Sciences’ Speech-Language Pathology program is ranked 24th, and its Occupational Therapy program is ranked 25th, improving 10 spots since last year. The school’s Physician Assistant program was ranked 40th in 2015.

“These rankings reflect Rush University’s unwavering dedication to providing a supportive learning environment and forward-looking educational approach. All of our efforts are intended to provide the highest quality health sciences education to our students,” says Thomas Deutsch, MD, Rush University provost. 

Rush University is a health science university and is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center, a leading academic medical center. Dr. Larry Goodman is president of Rush University and CEO of Rush University Medical Center.

These rankings come at a time of enormous growth at Rush University, where enrollment has jumped from from 1,823 in fall 2009 to 2,457 in fall 2014. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Rush University leads Illinois universities in undergraduate students’ post-graduation earnings, with an average annual salary of $74,000.

Rush University was founded in 1972 and has expanded from one college and fewer than 100 students to four colleges and an all-time high of 2,457 students in academic year 2014-15. It includes Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College.

Rush University is known for its high-quality health care education, supportive learning environment, engagement with the urban community and forward-looking education approach.


Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.