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Graduate schools earn high national rankings

In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, Boston College continued its strong showing among the nation's top graduate programs. The Law School moved up one notch in the standings and is now ranked 22 out of 174 accredited programs, ahead of Boston University, Emory University, and the University of Notre Dame. Admission to the Law School is becoming increasingly competitive: the acceptance rate for applicants last year was 23.5 percent--three percentage points lower than the previous year.

The Carroll Graduate School of Management continues to be rated among the top 50 M.B.A. programs, with a ranking of 41 in a field of 341 accredited masters' programs. The school is tied with the University of California at Davis and the University of Washington. BC's program joined the top echelon last year for the first time, at number 40. The percentage of advanced-degree holders from the Carroll School who have jobs at graduation--95.5 percent--is among the highest in the country.

The Lynch School of Education improved its ranking from 23 to 22, out of 182 schools granting doctorates. BC shared this position with the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland at College Park.

The School of Nursing kept last year's ranking of number 32 and remains among the top 16 percent of nursing programs.

Anna Marie Murphy

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