Yesterday, we told you about how the US News & World Report college rankings singled out UMBC as its number one “up and coming” school in the country. But that doesn’t mean that other area schools aren’t special, too. And while “the list” is most well-known for its overall rankings, its gotten more and more specific over recent years — to the point where they list the top 100 schools for legal writing, for example. Below, a round-up of Baltimore area schools and their own particular strengths, as determined by the magazine’s rankings:

  • Johns Hopkins has the #1 biomedical engineering program and the #5 environmental health program for undergrads.
  • The Hopkins public health program is the best in the country
  • The Hopkins med school is #3 overall for research, #1 for internal medicine, #2 for AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, and geriatrics.
  • What about the humanities, you ask? Hopkins has highly-ranked grad programs in US colonial history, European history, literary criticism and theory, political theory, behavioral neuroscience, and non-profit management.
  • MICA is #4 overall for fine arts schools. The departments that rank particularly high:  painting/drawing; graphic design; sculpture.
  • Notre Dame of Maryland is a top-ten “best value” school
  • Stevenson joins UMBC near the top of the “up-and-coming” list, ranking #2 overall!
  • Towson‘s strongest grad programs are in audiology, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology