Baylor College of Medicine has moved up to No. 21 among all research-intensive U.S. medical schools, placing it in the top 15 percent of schools listed in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey.

"This rise in our U.S. News rankings is only one indication of the growing strength of Baylor College of Medicine," said BCM President Dr. Paul Klotman. "We are also recruiting outstanding faculty, trainees and staff and securing tremendous research grants in a highly competitive environment. Baylor College of Medicine is a strong institution that is getting stronger every day."

U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of top graduate schools in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and social sciences and humanities on March 13. Last year, BCM ranked 22nd.

The U.S. News rankings are based on medical student GPA and MCAT scores, student selectivity, faculty to student ratio, NIH funding for the medical school and grant dollars per investigator, as well as a reputational component from surveys of medical school deans, deans of academic affairs, heads of internal medicine and directors of admissions.

The Baylor pediatrics program was ranked number six among all pediatric programs.

"This is a clear indication of the outstanding faculty in the Baylor Department of Pediatrics and our strong partnership with Texas Children's Hospital where our faculty care for pediatric patients and our students and residents train," Klotman said.

U.S. News & World Report did not conduct new surveys this year for physician assistant, nurse anesthesia or biological sciences for the Graduate School.

Rice University and the University of Houston were also listed among the top graduate schools in the nation. Rice, where BCM students can obtain an M.B.A. while pursuing their M.D., was ranked among the top 50 U.S. business schools at number 25. The University of Houston Law School, where we have a combined M.D./J.D. dual degree program, was ranked among the top 100 law schools at number 57. The UH Health Law program ranked eighth and the Intellectual Property Law program ranked fourth in the nation.