School of Information reaches top five in U.S. News graduate school rankings

U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Graduate Schools” has ranked The University of Texas at Austin School of Information in the top five nationally among colleges and schools of library and information studies.

The Texas iSchool is ranked fifth overall, up from sixth when last ranked.

“This latest ranking is our best ever, and it is gratifying that our peers recognize the quality of our educational offerings and our commitment to advancing the field of information,” Dean and Professor Andrew Dillon said.

The School of Information has remained in the top 10 in the U.S. News rankings for the past 15 years, steadily rising through this elite upper tier.

In addition to receiving an overall ranking, the School of Information also had four specialty programs that were highly ranked:

  • Archives and preservation is #2 (up from #4)
  • Law librarianship is #2 (no change)
  • Digital librarianship is #5 (up from #9)
  • Information systems is #10 (up from #11)

Using quantitative and qualitative measures, U.S. News annually ranks graduate school programs in business, education, engineering and law. Select other Ph.D. programs and specialty programs, such as those in the School of Information, are ranked in alternate years based on ratings of academic experts.

The ranking for library and information studies programs is based on a 2016 survey of deans, program directors and senior faculty members at 51 schools with accredited master’s programs.

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