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Release: Aug. 24, 2000

Two national rankings place UI among nation's best universities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is one of the best universities in the nation, according to two recently released rankings of U.S. colleges and universities.

The Top American Research Universities, an annual resource-based study conducted by TheCenter at the University of Florida, ranks the UI among the top 25 U.S. public universities in seven out of nine measured criteria. They are: total research support (25th), federal research support (20th), endowed assets (22nd), annual giving (23rd), faculty awards (18th), doctorates granted in 1998 (25th ), and number of post-doctoral candidates in 1998 (25th). In two other criteria, faculty in national academies and undergraduate SAT scores, the UI ranked 27th and 40th, respectively.

Overall, the UI tied for 11th best public university with Texas A&M, the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Texas at Austin, as only 10 other public universities garnered more than seven top 25 listings. Those ranked ahead of Iowa and having top 25 rankings in all nine criteria include the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina.

Similarly, the annual Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog 2001 included the University of Iowa as a top national university on five separate lists, compiled by surveying high school guidance counselors across the country. The categories are: best value (quality of education vs. cost), best career services, most responsive to individual student financial aid needs, academically competitive, and a university that high school guidance counselors would attend if they could repeat their college years. The UI did not appear on three survey lists: colleges that are hidden treasures, trendy schools, and universities offering a high level of faculty attention to students.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said that the UI continues to be nationally recognized because it continues to pay attention to faculty resources and offer educational value to students.

"University of Iowa students expect and deserve an educational environment that focuses on the needs of individuals," she said. "With a faculty-to-student ratio of about 14 students per faculty member, the university is meeting that need."

"We also offer our students an excellent value by placing many of them with highly regarded employers. As a result, the difference between a University of Iowa graduate's starting salary minus the cost of annual tuition is huge," she said.

The 264-page Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog 2001 went on sale Aug. 7 on newsstands and in bookstores nationwide and can be ordered on-line at: With 1,200 worldwide locations, Kaplan has provided educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses for 60 years. Headquartered in New York, Newsweek has 21 bureaus located in the U.S. and around the world, a worldwide circulation of more than four million and a total readership of more than 22 million. The magazine appears in more than 190 countries. Kaplan and Newsweek are subsidiaries of The Washington Post Company.

The Top American Research Universities, released in July, was compiled with the goal of identifying research university performance and focused on the 82 research institutions (47 public universities and 35 private institutions) with at least $20 million in federal research expenditures per year. In stating its purpose, the report said, in part, that it exists to offer universities "… a reference for measuring their own achievement and clearly understanding the nature of the competition." The report can be read on-line at: