School of Social Work Ranked in Top 25% of Programs Nationally
Author: School of Social Work Communications
Posted: March 21, 2016

US News and World Report just released its rankings for social work programs across the US, and the
School of Social Work at Portland State University has once again ranked among the top 25% of all social work programs nationally.

According to the new 2016 list, the School of Social Work is ranked #38 in the nation and is ranked #2 among programs in the Pacific Northwest.  Only the University of Washington’s #3 program is ranked higher in the Pacific Northwest.

“These new rankings just confirm what we in the School already know,” said Dr. Laura Nissen, dean of the School of Social Work.  “Our top quality social work and human services education programs and leading-edge research projects are attracting not just regional but national attention among academics, leaders and policymakers.  I’m proud of the teaching, learning, research, training, workforce development, and evaluation work we do in the School of Social Work every day to improve the lives of individuals and communities in Oregon.”


-> Read US News and World Report’s full list of top social work schools.

The School of Social Work at Portland State University is Oregon’s #1 social work program, as the oldest, largest and only public social work higher education program in the state.   Founded by the Oregon Legislature in 1962 to serve the entire state’s social work education needs, the program serves over 1,000 students each year in Portland, Ashland, Bend, Eugene and Salem, and now online.  Its nationally recognized research and workforce development centers are helping to define the future of social work and human services practice and generate $10 million in research funding for Portland State each year.