Price School Ascends in ’12 US News Rankings

US News rankings

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy continued to climb the national rankings, moving up to sixth place (from seventh in 2008) in the newest edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for public affairs, published by U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings, which were released online March 12, places USC Price in the top 2.3 percent of 266 schools of public affairs nationwide.

In addition, USC Price retained high marks in several academic specialty areas. The school ranked seventh in City Management and Urban Policy; fourth in Health Policy and Management (up from No. 9); seventh in Nonprofit Management; sixth in Public Management/Administration, 12th in Public Policy Analysis (up from No. 18); and ninth in Social Policy (up from No. 10). The Price School was also rated 21st in Public Finance and Budgeting, a category in which it was previously unranked.

“These rankings further cement USC Price’s position as a leader in scholarship and research among public affairs schools in the nation,” noted Jack H. Knott, the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean of USC Price. “More importantly, our continued, steady ascent is recognized by our peers.”

This upward trend was mirrored in the recent Planetizen rankings of Urban Planning schools. In 2012, USC Price placed seventh, up from No. 9 in the previous ranking.

U.S. News & World Report released its first public affairs ratings in 1998, and has issued four sets of rankings since then (in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012). Each time, the Price school placed in the top 10 of the prestigious list.