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Release: Aug. 20, 1999
UI ranked 21 among U.S. public universities by U.S.
News & World Report
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
The University of Iowa is the 21st best public university in the country,
up from number 26 last year, according to the latest rankings published by
the magazine U.S. News & World Report.
The UI, along with nine other Big Ten Conference universities,
was included in the influential rating guides list of the top 50 "public
The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business
and engineering, two of the most popular fields among undergraduates. The
Henry B. Tippie College of Business was tied for 32nd in a field of approximately
680 business programs and the UI College of Engineering was tied for 52nd
out of some 350 engineering programs.
In commenting on the rankings, UI President Mary Sue
Coleman noted that many factors are responsible for the university being nationally
"One of the strengths of the University of Iowa is
the huge spectrum of research programs in which undergraduates can participate.
For example, engineering and geology students traveled to the mountains of
Utah this month to test new technology for the future exploration of Mars,
including ThrowCam, a camera and video transmitter that can be safely thrown
at difficult-to-reach Mars study sites," she said.
"We also have an excellent record of placing
students with highly regarded employers, and the value-added component of
a University of Iowa education -- that is, a graduates starting salary
minus the cost of annual tuition -- is huge," she said.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based
on questionnaires filled out by administrators at more than 1,400 universities
and colleges. The data collected is scored on 16 indicators in seven categories
of academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity,
financial resources, graduation performance rate and alumni giving rate.
The category of "national university includes
the 228 U.S. colleges and universities offering a full range of undergraduate
majors plus masters and doctoral degrees. There are 147 public universities
and 81 private universities in the category.
The annual U.S. News & World Report "America's
Best Colleges" guide is scheduled for publication in the magazine Monday,
Aug. 23, and the college guidebook, with more than 1,400 college rankings,
goes on sale the following day. The rankings and other information also are
available on the magazines website at
http://www.usnews.com beginning Friday, Aug. 20.