SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Receives “Best” Honors from U.S. News & World Report

Jan 24, 2023

Downstate’s Online Graduate Nursing Programs Earn Top Spots for the 2023 Best Online Programs and 2023 Best Online Programs for Veterans Rankings

Brooklyn, NY SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University today announced that it has received national recognition for its online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University has been ranked No.53 among the 2023 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs and No.19 among the Veterans Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report – the global leader in news, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis.

“SUNY Downstate goes above and beyond to provide the best and most efficient programs possible to ensure that every student who wishes to pursue a degree is able to do so. It is an honor to be recognized by U.S. News for our major contributions to online education and our mission to provide accessible, high-quality medical education to all students,” said SUNY Downstate president Wayne J. Riley, M.D.

Designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education, this year's edition evaluates more than 1,800 online bachelor's and master's degree programs. U.S. News assessed the schools based on a variety of objective factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies. 

"Most of the undergraduate programs in the Best Online Programs rankings are degree completion programs, meaning the vast majority of their students already have some college credit," said Liana Loewus, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "The methodologies are developed with those students in mind, setting these rankings apart from those that are focused on recent high school graduates pursuing higher education for the first time." 

Prospective students can see how SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated on

About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University 

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital at Downstate (UHD) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school’s expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. Over 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate’s staff. 

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHD, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, a College of Nursing, a School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate. 

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