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Release: Sept. 13, 2002
UI is ranked 20th best U.S. public national university
University of Iowa is tied for 20th place among the best public national universities
in the country, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine
U.S. News & World Report. The ranking places the UI in the top 13 percent
of some 161 public national universities.
Sharing the 20th spot on the magazine's influential 2003 "Top 50 Public
National Universities -- Doctoral" list with the University of Iowa are
Purdue University, Rutgers University -- New Brunswick and the University
of Minnesota. The UI's tie for 20th place compares to a ranking of 24th last
year, 20th in 2001, 21st in 2000 and 26th in 1999.
The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering,
where the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, as it did last year, tied for
35th (with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Pittsburgh).
The UI College of Engineering tied for 57th (with Clemson University, Colorado
State University and Rutgers University--New Brunswick), compared to a tie
for 53rd last year. The undergraduate business and engineering rankings are
based upon surveys of respective deans and senior faculty.
UI Interim President Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd said the rankings
underscore the UI's reputation as "a great university -- a national academic
leader in teaching and research."
"Providing a top-quality education to our students is the most important
thing we do," Boyd added. "This is just another confirmation that
we are fulfilling our responsibility to give our students an education that
helps them succeed anywhere in Iowa and the world."
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: peer assessment,
graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial
resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.
The 2003 national universities--doctoral" category contains 249
U.S. colleges and universities (161 public and 88 private) offering a full
range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and doctoral degrees, and
emphasizing faculty research.
The annual U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges"
guide is scheduled for publication in the Sept. 23 issue of the magazine on
newsstands Monday, Sept. 16, and the college guidebook, with more than 1,400
college rankings, goes on sale the same day. The rankings and other information
are available on-line at: http://www.usnews.com