- LOCAL-TO-GLOBAL DISTINCTION: GSPIA is one of only 3 comprehensive schools of public and international affairs—the other two are the Maxwell School at Syracuse and the Humphrey School at Minnesota—that offer both an International Affairs program distinguished enough for full membership in APSIA (the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) and a top-20 program in City Management and Urban Policy (US News, 2012).
- #8 among APSIA member schools (tied with the Fletcher School at Tufts, the Ford School at Michigan and the Bush School at Texas A&M) in number of finalists (4) for Presidential Management Fellows competition in 2013; #1 (tied with the Ford School and the Bush School) among APSIA schools at public universities.
- #16 top U.S. master's programs for international relations, Foreign Policy, 2009
- #19 city management and urban policy, U.S. News & World Report, 2012
- #33 best schools for public affairs, U.S. News & World Report, 2012
GSPIA Rankings in the Latest (2010-11) Academic Analytics Benchmark Data
- International Affairs and Development: (35 schools): GSPIA ranks #7 in total number of grants, #10 in total awards won by faculty members, #11 in citations per publication, #13 in books published per faculty member, #15 in total citations and citations per faculty member.
- Public Administration (51 schools): GSPIA ranks #6 in total number of books published and books published per faculty member, #9 in number of faculty members with a grant, #11 in total number of grants, #13 in number of faculty members who have won an award, #14 in total awards won by faculty members, #19 in citations per publication.
Biodemographics (Incoming students, Fall 2013)
- 88% full time, 12% part time
- 48% female, 42% male
- 52% out-of-state, 48% in-state
- 10% U.S. minority
- 25% international. Countries represented in the GSPIA student body include Armenia, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominica, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Macedonia, Morocco, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom.
410 total students (160 new students)
- GSPIA ranks tied for second—behind only the Maxwell School at Syracuse University—in the number of NASPAA dissertation awards won by its doctoral students.
- GSPIA is one of only four schools to have produced two presidents of APSIA (the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) since the founding of the association in 1988.
- GSPIA is one of only nine schools to have produced at least two NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration) presidents. One GSPIA alumnus has also served as NASPAA president.
- Three GSPIA alumni have served as President of the ICMA (International City/County Management Association).
- Six GSPIA alumni have served as president of the Korean Association for Public Affairs.