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March 28, 2008

CONTACT: Tracy Schario: (202) 994-3566; tschario@gwu.edu

GW GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN LAW, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES, AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS RANK AMONG TOP 30 IN U.S. NEWS "AMERICA'S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS" 2009 SURVEY

WASHINGTON - The George Washington University is once again recognized as one of the premier institutions in the country to study law, public policy, and public administration. GW's public affairs (14) graduate studies programs, Law School (20), School of Public Health and Health Services (19), and Graduate School of Education and Human Development (29) are among 22 GW schools and specialty programs recognized in the 2009 "America's Best Graduate Schools" guide and the extended online rankings.

The GW Law School (20) moves up two spots on this year's list of 184 accredited law schools. For the fourth consecutive year, GW's intellectual property law program is ranked third in the nation. The international law program is ranked eighth and environmental law 16th. The GW Law School also is recognized for its student diversity.

In the public affairs discipline, several GW programs are ranked: health policy and management (6); public finance and budgeting (11); public management administration (15); and public policy analysis (30). These areas of study encompass several individual schools, including the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, which teaches public finance and budgeting, public management, and public policy; and the School of Public Health and Health Services, which offers a degree in health policy. GW's education policy (19) programs are housed in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (29), which also is noted for its teacher preparation programs, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

The 2009 guide also includes rankings for programs in the health disciplines: physician assistant (4); rehabilitation counseling program (6); health care management (28); speech-language pathology (38); and nursing (63).  These programs are housed in GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, School of Public Health and Health Services, and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

U.S. News and World Report has published "America's Best Graduate Schools" on an annual basis since 1990.  According to the magazine, schools are measured using objective data (obtained by U.S. News from colleges and universities) and reputation ratings from experts.

Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 120 countries.

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