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The U.S. News & World Report released its 2022 ranking for Graduate Schools of Education on March 30, 2021, and the UNC Greensboro School of Education (SOE) has been ranked #73 nationally as a Graduate School of Education, the SOE’s highest ranking on record. More specifically, the SOE has been ranked the #3 Graduate School of Education in North Carolina and #5 nationally among Graduate Schools of Education in public R2 (high research) institutions.

Additionally, Counseling and Educational Development (CED) is ranked #4 in the nation and #1 in North Carolina for the Student Counseling specialty area. The CED department has consistently been recognized as a top graduate education program by the U.S. News & World Report, ranking in the Top 8 list for more than two decades.

Library and Information Science (LIS) is ranked #8 in the nation and #1 in North Carolina for the School Library Media specialty area, and is ranked #23 nationally among Library and Information Studies Programs. The LIS department blends coursework from library and information science, computer science, geography, information systems, and education research methodology to prepare students to work in a variety of ever emerging fields. LIS is also the largest online program at UNC Greensboro.

“These outstanding rankings not only speak to our impact on research and practice at the regional, state, and national level, they also demonstrate the transformative educational experience provided to our students,” says Randy Penfield, Dean of the UNC Greensboro School of Education.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings and data, published in full on, are based on in-depth reputation and statistical surveys conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021 of each program in the six largest graduate school disciplines (MBA, law, education, engineering, medical, and nursing programs).