By the Numbers: University of North Dakota ranks 139th best in the nation for its public affairs program, study finds

University of North Dakota finished in a tie for 139th in a peer-assessment ranking of the best public affairs schools by U.S. News that examined 285 campuses around the nation.

The Grand Forks school’s peer-assessment survey score was 2.3. School deans, directors and other department leaders provided these assessments, which were based on a scale of marginal to outstanding (1 to 5).

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration and the Association (NASPAA) for Public Policy Analysis and Management provided the lists of schools to be surveyed by U.S. News.

Those who want further information about earning Master of Public Administration or Master of Public Policy degrees can go to the NASPAA’s website.

U.S. News conducted the surveys in fall of 2018

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Top Public Affairs Programs in the U.S.

RankSchoolCityPeer Assessment Review
1 (tie)Indiana University-Bloomington (O'Neill) Bloomington4.4
1 (tie)Syracuse University Syracuse, N.Y.4.4
3 (tie)Harvard University Cambridge, Mass.4.2
3 (tie)University of Southern California Los Angeles4.2
5 (tie)University of Georgia Athens4.1
5 (tie)University of Washington Seattle4.1
7 (tie)New York University New York City4.0
7 (tie)University of California-Berkeley Berkeley4.0
7 (tie)University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor4.0
10 (tie)Princeton University Princeton, N.J.3.9
10 (tie)University of Chicago Chicago3.9
10 (tie)University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis3.9
10 (tie)University of Texas-Austin Austin3.9
14 (tie)American University Washington, D.C.3.8
14 (tie)Arizona State University Phoenix3.8
14 (tie)Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh3.8
14 (tie)George Washington University Washington, D.C. 3.8
14 (tie)Ohio State University Columbus3.8
14 (tie)University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles3.8
14 (tie)University of Kansas Lawrence3.8
21 (tie)Columbia University New York City3.7
21 (tie)Georgia State University Atlanta3.7
21 (tie)University at Albany-SUNY Albany, N.Y. 3.7
21 (tie)University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill3.7
25 (tie)Duke University Durham, N.C.3.6
25 (tie)Florida State University Tallahassee3.6
25 (tie)Georgetown University Washington, D.C. #25 in Best Public Affairs Programs (tie)3.6
25 (tie)University of Colorado-Denver Denver3.6
25 (tie)University of Kentucky Lexington3.6
25 (tie)University of Maryland-College Park College Park3.6
25 (tie)University of Nebraska-Omaha Omaha3.6
25 (tie)University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison3.6
33 (tie)Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark Newark3.5
33 (tie)Texas A&M University-College Station College Station3.5
35 (tie)Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y. 3.4
35 (tie)University of Arizona Tucson3.4
35 (tie)University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago3.4
35 (tie)University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh3.4
39 (tie)CUNY-Baruch College New York City3.3
39 (tie)Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta3.3
39 (tie)Indiana University-Purdue UniversityIndianapolis3.3
39 (tie)Johns Hopkins University Washington, D.C. 3.3
39 (tie)University of Delaware Newark3.3
39 (tie)University of Virginia Charlottesville3.3
39 (tie)Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond3.3
39 (tie)Virginia Tech Blacksburg3.3
47 (tie)George Mason University Arlington, Va.3.2
47 (tie)North Carolina State University Raleigh3.2
47 (tie)Northern Illinois University DeKalb3.2
47 (tie)Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New BrunswickNew Brunswick 3.2
47 (tie)University of Connecticut Hartford3.2
47 (tie)University of Missouri Columbia3.2
53 (tie)Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, Utah3.1
53 (tie)Brown University Providence, R.I. 3.1
53 (tie)Johns Hopkins University Baltimore3.1
53 (tie)Portland State University Portland, Ore.3.1
53 (tie)University of Central Florida Orlando3.1
53 (tie)University of Texas-Dallas Richardson3.1
53 (tie)Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, Tenn. 3.1
60 (tie)Brandeis University Waltham, Mass.3.0
60 (tie)CUNY--John Jay College New York City3.0
60 (tie)Cleveland State University Cleveland3.0
60 (tie)Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Calif.3.0
60 (tie)University of Baltimore Baltimore3.0
60 (tie)University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst3.0
60 (tie)University of North Carolina-Charlotte Charlotte3.0
60 (tie)University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia3.0
68 (tie)Binghamton University-SUNY Binghamton, N.Y.2.9
68 (tie)Claremont Graduate University Claremont, Calif.2.9
68 (tie)New School New York City2.9
68 (tie)Ohio University Athens2.9
68 (tie)University of Alabama-Birmingham Birmingham2.9
68 (tie)University of Utah Salt Lake City2.9
74 (tie)Florida International University Miami2.8
74 (tie)Mississippi State University Mississippi State2.8
74 (tie)Northeastern University Boston2.8
74 (tie)Pepperdine University Malibu, Calif.2.8
74 (tie)University of California-San Diego La Jolla2.8
74 (tie)University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston2.8
74 (tie)University of Oklahoma Norman2.8
74 (tie)University of Oregon Eugene2.8
82 (tie)Auburn University Auburn, Ala.2.7
82 (tie)Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton2.7
82 (tie)Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge2.7
82 (tie)Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg Middletown2.7
82 (tie)Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden Camden2.7
82 (tie)San Diego State University San Diego2.7
82 (tie)University of Illinois-Springfield Springfield2.7
82 (tie)University of Maryland-Baltimore County Baltimore2.7
82 (tie)University of North Texas Denton2.7
82 (tie)University of Notre DameNotre Dame, Ind.2.7
82 (tie)Villanova University Villanova, Penn.2.7
82 (tie)West Virginia University Morgantown2.7
94 (tie)Boise State University Boise, Idaho2.6
94 (tie)California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles2.6
94 (tie)College of Charleston Charleston, S.C.2.6
94 (tie)College of William and Mary Williamsburg, Va.2.6
94 (tie)Grand Valley State University Grand Rapids, Mich.2.6
94 (tie)San Francisco State University San Francisco2.6
94 (tie)University of California-Riverside Riverside2.6
94 (tie)University of Denver Denver2.6
94 (tie)University of Louisville Louisville, Ky. 2.6
94 (tie)University of Missouri-Kansas City Kansas City2.6
94 (tie)University of New Mexico Albuquerque2.6
94 (tie)University of San Francisco San Francisco2.6
94 (tie)University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville2.6
94 (tie)University of Vermont Burlington2.6
94 (tie)Wayne State University Detroit2.6
109 (tie)Appalachian State University Boone, N.C. 2.5
109 (tie)Kansas State University Manhattan2.5
109 (tie)Old Dominion University Norfolk, Va. 2.5
109 (tie)Oregon State University Corvallis2.5
109 (tie)San Jose State University San Jose, Calif.2.5
109 (tie)Suffolk University Boston2.5
109 (tie)University of Alabama Tuscaloosa2.5
109 (tie)University of Arkansas Little Rock2.5
109 (tie)University of Hawaii-Manoa Honolulu2.5
109 (tie)University of La Verne La Verne, Calif.2.5
109 (tie)University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas2.5
109 (tie)University of New Hampshire Durham2.5
109 (tie)University of South Carolina Columbia2.5
109 (tie)Wichita State University Wichita, Kan.2.5
123 (tie)California State University-Long BeachLong Beach2.4
123 (tie)California State University-Sacramento Sacramento2.4
123 (tie)California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino2.4
123 (tie)DePaul University Chicago2.4
123 (tie)James Madison University Harrisonburg, Va.2.4
123 (tie)Seton Hall University South Orange, N.J. 2.4
123 (tie)University of Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock2.4
123 (tie)University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs2.4
123 (tie)University of Memphis Memphis, Tenn.2.4
123 (tie)University of Miami Coral Gables, Fla.2.4
123 (tie)University of North Carolina-GreensboroGreensboro2.4
123 (tie)University of North Carolina-Wilmington Wilmington2.4
123 (tie)University of South Florida Tampa2.4
123 (tie)University of Texas-Arlington Arlington2.4
123 (tie)University of Texas-San Antonio San Antonio2.4
123 (tie)Willamette University Salem, Ore.2.4
139 (tie)Auburn University-Montgomery Montgomery, Ala.2.3
139 (tie)CUNY-City College New York City2.3
139 (tie)California State University-Fullerton Fullerton2.3
139 (tie)Kent State University Kent, Ohio2.3
139 (tie)Marist College Poughkeepsie, N.Y.2.3
139 (tie)Seattle University Seattle2.3
139 (tie)Texas Tech University Lubbock2.3
139 (tie)University of Missouri-St. Louis St. Louis2.3
139 (tie)University of New Orleans New Orleans2.3
139 (tie)University of North Dakota Grand Forks2.3
139 (tie)Washington State University Vancouver2.3
139 (tie)Western Michigan University Kalamazoo2.3
151 (tie)Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio2.2
151 (tie)CUNY--Hunter College New York City2.2
151 (tie)California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona2.2
151 (tie)California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson2.2
151 (tie)College at Brockport--SUNY Rochester, N.Y.2.2
151 (tie)Drexel University Philadelphia2.2
151 (tie)Georgia Southern University Statesboro2.2
151 (tie)Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Ga.2.2
151 (tie)New Mexico State University Las Cruces2.2
151 (tie)Northern Arizona University Flagstaff2.2
151 (tie)Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondale2.2
151 (tie)University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio2.2
151 (tie)University of Houston Houston2.2
151 (tie)University of Texas-El PasoEl Paso2.2
165 (tie)Augusta University Augusta, Ga.2.1
165 (tie)California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield2.1
165 (tie)California State University-Northridge Northridge2.1
165 (tie)Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant2.1
165 (tie)East Carolina University Greenville, N.C. 2.1
165 (tie)Eastern Kentucky University Richmond2.1
165 (tie)Evergreen State College Olympia, Wash.2.1
165 (tie)Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Monterey, Calif.2.1
165 (tie)Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights2.1
165 (tie)Oakland University Rochester, Mich.2.1
165 (tie)University of Alaska-AnchorageAnchorage2.1
165 (tie)University of Montana Missoula2.1
165 (tie)University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras San Juan2.1
165 (tie)University of South Dakota Vermillion2.1
165 (tie)University of Wyoming Laramie2.1
165 (tie)West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester2.1
165 (tie)Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Ky.2.1
182 (tie)Ball State University Muncie, Ind.2.0
182 (tie)Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, Mass.2.0
182 (tie)Clark Atlanta University Atlanta2.0
182 (tie)Clark University Worcester, Mass.2.0
182 (tie)Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti2.0
182 (tie)Eastern Washington UniversitySpokane, Wash.2.0
182 (tie)Jackson State University Jackson, Miss.2.0
182 (tie)Montana State University Bozeman2.0
182 (tie)Pace University White Plains, N.Y. 2.0
182 (tie)Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas2.0
182 (tie)Tennessee State University Nashville2.0
182 (tie)University of Akron Akron, Ohio2.0
182 (tie)University of Idaho Moscow2.0
182 (tie)University of Michigan-Dearborn Dearborn2.0
182 (tie)University of North Florida Jacksonville2.0
182 (tie)University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Chattanooga2.0
182 (tie)Wright State University Dayton, Ohio2.0
199 (tie)California State University-Chico Chico1.9
199 (tie)California State University-East Bay Hayward1.9
199 (tie)California State University-Fresno Fresno1.9
199 (tie)California State University-Stanislaus Turlock1.9
199 (tie)Drake University Des Moines, Iowa1.9
199 (tie)Hamline University St. Paul, Minn.1.9
199 (tie)Indiana State University Terre Haute1.9
199 (tie)Indiana University-South Bend South Bend1.9
199 (tie)LIU Brooklyn New York City1.9
199 (tie)Minnesota State University-Mankato Mankato1.9
199 (tie)Park University Kansas City, Mo.1.9
199 (tie)Purdue University-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Ind.1.9
199 (tie)SUNY Buffalo State Buffalo, N.Y. 1.9
199 (tie)Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi1.9
199 (tie)Texas Southern University Houston1.9
199 (tie)Texas State University San Marcos1.9
199 (tie)Western Carolina University Cullowhee, N.C. 1.9
216 (tie)Arkansas State University-Jonesboro State UniversityJonesboro1.8
216 (tie)Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers1.8
216 (tie)Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. 1.8
216 (tie)Georgia College & State UniversityMilledgeville, Ga.1.8
216 (tie)Grambling State University Grambling, La.1.8
216 (tie)Idaho State University Pocatello1.8
216 (tie)Indiana University-Northwest Gary1.8
216 (tie)Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, Ala.1.8
216 (tie)LIU Post Brookville, N.Y.1.8
216 (tie)Mills College Oakland, Calif.1.8
216 (tie)Savannah State University Savannah, Ga.1.8
216 (tie)Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville1.8
216 (tie)Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge, La.1.8
216 (tie)Southern Utah University Cedar City1.8
216 (tie)University of Alaska-Southeast Juneau1.8
216 (tie)University of Michigan-Flint Flint1.8
216 (tie)University of Rhode Island - Rhode Island College Providence1.8
216 (tie)University of West Georgia Carrollton1.8
216 (tie)Valdosta State University Valdosta, Ga.1.8
235 (tie)Bowie State University Bowie, Md.1.7
235 (tie)Golden Gate UniversitySan Francisco1.7
235 (tie)Governors State University University Park, Ill.1.7
235 (tie)Kentucky State University Frankfort1.7
235 (tie)Morehead State University Morehead, Ky.1.7
235 (tie)North Carolina Central University Durham1.7
235 (tie)Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Fla.1.7
235 (tie)Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg1.7
235 (tie)St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minn.1.7
235 (tie)Texas A&M International UniversityLaredo1.7
235 (tie)Troy University Montgomery, Ala.1.7
235 (tie)University of Central Oklahoma Edmond1.7
235 (tie)University of Houston-Central Campus Houston1.7
235 (tie)University of North Carolina-Pembroke Pembroke1.7
235 (tie)University of Texas-Rio Grande ValleyBrownsville1.7
235 (tie)University of the District of Columbia Washington, D.C. 1.7
235 (tie)University of the Pacific Sacramento, Calif.1.7
235 (tie)West Virginia State University Institute1.7
235 (tie)Albany State University Albany, Ga.1.6
253 (tie)East Tennessee State University Johnson City1.6
253 (tie)Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck , N.J.1.6
253 (tie)Franklin University Columbus, Ohio1.6
253 (tie)Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago1.6
253 (tie)Kean University Union, N.J. 1.6
253 (tie)Marshall University Huntington, W.V.1.6
253 (tie)Metropolitan College of New YorkNew York City1.6
253 (tie)Metropolitan State University St. Paul, Minn.1.6
253 (tie)Roger Williams University Bristol, R.I. 1.6
253 (tie)University of New Haven West Haven, Conn.1.6
253 (tie)University of Southern Indiana Evansville1.6
253 (tie)Widener University Chester, Penn.1.6
266 (tie)California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo1.5
266 (tie)Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, Ala.1.5
266 (tie)Columbus State University Columbus, Ga.1.5
266 (tie)Delaware Valley UniversityDoylestown, Penn.1.5
266 (tie)Merrimack College North Andover, Mass.1.5
266 (tie)Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena1.5
266 (tie)Norwich University Northfield, Vt.1.5
266 (tie)Regent University Virginia Beach, Va.1.5
266 (tie)Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Mich.1.5
266 (tie)Tarleton State University Fort Worth, Texas1.5
266 (tie)University of Louisiana-MonroeMonroe1.5
266 (tie)University of Texas-Tyler Tyler1.5
266 (tie)Westfield State University Westfield, Mass.1.5
279 (tie)Barry University Miami Shores, Fla.1.4
279 (tie)Post University Waterbury, Conn.1.4
279 (tie)South University Savannah, Ga.1.4
279 (tie)St. Peter's University Jersey City, N.J.1.4
279 (tie)Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa1.4
284Walden University Minneapolis1.3
285Capella UniversityMinneapolis1.2
Source: U.S. News

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