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In a first-ever ranking of undergraduate nursing programs, UVA's BSN program earned a No. 10-in-the-nation spot.

In its first-ever ranking of undergraduate nursing programs, UVA's undergraduate nursing program earned a No. 10-in-the-nation spot from the 2022 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges guide.

The University of Virginia remains the fourth-best public university in the United States for the third year in a row in the 2022 rankings. In the last two years, UVA has moved up three spots in the overall rankings to 25, tied with Carnegie Mellon. U.S. News ranked UVA the third-best-value public national university and 31st overall, moving up one spot in that category.

The University also continues to be among the best schools in the nation for veterans, moving up one spot to ninth overall and No. 4 among public universities. 

U.S News uses six primary factors to determine a school’s overall rank. One, “outcomes,” includes things like graduation and retention rates and how well schools graduate students who received federal Pell Grants. This factor receives the most weight in the ranking. Another factor, “faculty resources,” assesses a school’s commitment to instruction by looking at things such as class size and faculty salary.

UVA’s average first-year student retention rate is 97%. Its predicted six-year graduation rate is 95%. The rankings also show that UVA graduates 90% of its recipients of Pell Grants, who typically come from households with family incomes of less than $50,000 annually.

For this ranking cycle, UVA’s composite score, incorporating all six factors, improved from 79 to 80.

The information presented in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings and directory was collected during the spring and early summer using the U.S. News annual statistical survey of colleges, which was conducted online.