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March 19, 2012 -- U.S. News & World Report ranked the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) 23rd out of the top 266 Public Affairs programs in the United States, putting GPPI in the 91st percentile of all programs in the nation. GPPI tied for 23rd with UCLA, University of Chicago, and UNC-Chapel Hill, among others.

The broad “public affairs” category includes schools with a public policy focus like GPPI, as well as schools with a public administration and management focus like the University of Kansas and the University of Georgia.

In perhaps the best indicator of reputation, GPPI ranked 15th in the specialty area of “Public-Policy Analysis,” down slightly from 11th in the most recent rankings in 2008. The leading schools in the “Public-Policy Analysis” specialty area include UC-Berkeley, Harvard, Chicago, Princeton, and Duke. GPPI also ranked high in the specialty areas of “Health Policy and Management” at 12th and “Social Policy” at 17th.

“We’re proud that Georgetown continues to be regarded as one of the nation’s premier institutions of public administration and policy, especially in our core area of public policy” said GPPI Dean Ed Montgomery. “We will continue to aggressively pursue our strategic plan focused on enhancing our faculty, attracting the best students, and deepening our engagement with policy makers.”

The specialty rankings are based on ratings by educators at GPPI’s peer schools. Public affairs school deans and other academics were asked to nominate up to 10 programs for excellence in each specialty. The broad “Public Affairs” rankings are based solely on the results of a peer assessment survey. Visit the U.S. News website to learn more about their methodology