USC Price is ranked #3 among 285 schools nationwide

March 12, 2019

A Message from Dean Jack H. Knott

U.S. News & World Report has just released the 2020 rankings for Best Graduate Schools in Public Affairs. The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is now ranked as No. 3 among 285 public affairs schools nationwide.

U.S. News also ranks public affairs categories within schools, and we continue to have several programs rated within the top five and nearly all categories in the top ten. The categories to receive high rankings include Urban Policy (No. 2), Nonprofit Management (No. 4), and Health Policy and Management (No. 5).  A full list can be found online at

U.S. News & World Report rankings of public affairs schools are based solely on peer surveys, with this year’s ranking conducted in fall 2018.  Annual rankings provide an opportunity to reflect current trends and accomplishments, and we expect to see fluctuations from year to year.  Due to a two-way tie for No. 1, U.S. News did not list anyone in the No. 2 spot.

For nine decades, the value of our school hasn’t been calculated by rankings alone, but rather the impact of our scholarly pursuits and ability to improve the quality of life for people and communities, here and abroad. In 1929, as only the second public affairs school in the country, I often think about what our founders envisioned for the school, and I’m heartened to know their early work has paved the way for public affairs education in this country and beyond.

I am also grateful for our exceptional faculty, students, and staff, who are deeply committed to making our school an undisputed leader in public affairs and real estate education.  I would like to thank our dedicated donors, friends, and alumni who support USC Price with their enthusiasm, time, and generosity.  Our community’s support plays a critical role in our success and aspirations of becoming the top school in the nation.

Thank you, and Fight On!

Jack H. Knott