University of Hawai'i Graduate Schools Earn National Ranking from US News and World Report

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Apr 12, 2001

HONOLULU-US News & World Report ranks programs at the Universityof Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law and the School of SocialWork as among the best in the nation.

The 2002 ranking of graduate schools reports the results of surveys conductedamong educators, administrators and accrediting bodies during 2000. Themagazine's latest survey of graduate and professional schools is publishedin a special guide, "America's Best Graduate Schools," availableon newsstands now. Then rankings are also available at

According to Dean O. Smith, UH Senior Vice President and Executive ViceChancellor for UH Manoa, "We are extremely proud that our Law Schooland Masters Program in Social Work continue to receive national recognitionfor their excellence. The US News & World Report ranking isa testament to the caliber of our faculty and our graduate students."

William S. Richardson School of Law

The Law School continues to be ranked in the Second Tier, just belowthe top 50. The School was also recognized for its diversity. US News& World Report introduced a new diversity index for law schoolsto identify institutions where students are most likely to encounter classmatesfrom different racial or ethnic groups. The Law School was ranked 15th,with a score of 0.51 out of a possible 1.0.

"We are very pleased with the continuing national recognition ofthe outstanding quality of our JD program. For example, we are ranked fifthamong all 183 ABA-accredited law schools for student-faculty ratio and ranked35th for placement upon graduation," said Dean Lawrence C. Foster.

School of Social Work

The UH Manoa School of Social Work Master's Degree (MSW) program retainedits #29 ranking in the country for the third year in a row. The schoolwas evaluated by deans, faculty and administrators of accredited graduateprograms. There are approximately 150 accredited MSW programs across thecountry.