Many University of New Mexico programs made the U.S. News and World Report's list of best graduate programs for 2012, as reported in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News Media Group. Highlights of the rankings will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2012 edition book, available April 5, 2011.

UNM School of Medicine was ranked 28th for primary care. In the health disciplines, rural medicine was ranked 2nd and family medicine ranked 8th, as determined by medical school deans and senior faculty. Pharmacy was ranked 32, as it has been for a few years

The UNM Fine Arts program was again ranked 50th in the country with the College of Fine Arts' photography program ranked 5th, and printmaking, 11th.

UNM's nursing program was ranked 79th and its nurse-midwifery education program was ranked 5th.

The UNM School of Law also ranked 79th, while its clinical training program came in 7th, as determined by faculty who teach in the field. UNM also made the law school diversity list because of its 29 percent Hispanic enrollment.

UNM's engineering program was ranked 85 nationally, with electrical engineering coming in at 53, chemical engineering 58, and computer engineering 67.

Programs eligible for inclusion in the rankings were rated on quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity and, in engineering, the proportion of full-time faculty who are members of the National Academy of Engineering.

The 2012 Best Graduate Schools includes statistical information on more than 1,200 programs nationwide and features new rankings in five of the largest professional graduate school disciplines.

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