USC Price School of Public Policy

USC Price School rises to fourth in 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings

March 16, 2016


The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy continued its ascent in the national rankings, moving up to fourth place – from sixth previously – in the newest list of Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs, published by U.S. News & World Report.

Price Dean Jack Knott

Price Dean Jack Knott

With its No. 4 ranking, USC Price places in the top 1.5 percent of 272 schools of public affairs nationwide. The latest U.S. News rankings were released online March 16.

The Price School improved in several academic subcategories, while remaining in the top 10:

  • City Management and Urban Policy – No. 3 (up from No. 7 in 2012)
  • Health Policy and Management – No. 3 (up from No. 4)
  • Public Management and Administration – No. 4 (up from No. 6)
  • Nonprofit Management – No. 6 (up from No. 7)
  • Social Policy – No. 9 (unchanged)

USC Price also improved its rankings in:

  • Public Policy Analysis – No. 11 (up from No. 12)
  • Environmental Policy and Management – No. 15 (previously unranked)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting – No. 18 (up from No. 21)

Three other schools are ranked by U.S. News at No. 4 along with the Price School, including Princeton University and the University of Georgia.

“This is a special moment for the Price School — to rise steadily within the rankings and to be recognized by our peers for our leadership in teaching, research and outreach,” said Dean Jack H. Knott. “This upward trajectory is a proud achievement for our hardworking faculty, staff and students, whose commitment to solutions and dedication to improving our communities make the Price School a standout among public affairs schools.”

In addition, USC Price placed in the top 10 of the Planetizen rankings of Urban Planning schools in 2015 (at No. 9).

U.S. News & World Report released its first public affairs ratings in 1998, and has issued five sets of rankings since then. The USC Price School has steadily risen, moving up from eighth in ’98 and ’01, to seventh in ’04 and ’08, to sixth in ’12, and now fourth in ’16.