The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs landed twice on the annual rankings list of graduate programs from U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Public Affairs – with programs at UCCS and CU Denver – ranked 32nd nationally.

Four CU campuses received 37 mentions in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Nine ranked in the top 10 of their fields.

In addition to the School of Public Affairs honor, the part-time MBA program at UCCS ranked 121st nationally.

CU’s 2012 rankings:

University of Colorado Boulder
• No. 1: CU-Boulder takes top honors for the atomic/molecular/optical physics program, tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
• Top 10: Other CU-Boulder programs ranking in the top 10 nationally are environmental sciences (fifth), quantum physics (fifth), environmental law (fifth) and physical chemistry (eighth).

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University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine
• Top Five: The school ranked fourth nationally for primary care, with the specialties of family medicine (fourth) and pediatrics (fifth) also ranking high. Within the nursing program (ranked 15th), the pediatric nurse practitioner program ranks fifth.
• The School of Medicine ranks 38th overall for research. The physician assistant program ranks at 11; biological sciences at 68.

University of Colorado Denver

CU Denver’s part-time MBA program ranked 93rd, and its school of education ranked 104th.

Rankings were based on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students; and expert opinions about program quality.

The University of Colorado is a public research university with 58,000 students and four campuses: in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The National Science Foundation ranked CU seventh among public institutions in federal research expenditures in engineering and science.