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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 22, 2003

UI Ranked 19th Best U.S. Public National University

The University of Iowa is the 19th best public national university 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 12 percent of some 162 public national universities.

The UI's placement of 19th on the magazine's influential 2004 "Top 50 Public National Universities--Doctoral" list compares to a ranking of 20th last year, 24th in 2002, 20th in 2001, 21st in 2000 and 26th in 1999. (The UI currently is ranked 57th among all private and public national universities.)

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering, where the UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business is ranked 20th among public universities. (The college is currently ranked 32nd among all private and public business colleges.) The UI College of Engineering is ranked 34th among public universities. (The college is currently ranked 59th among all private and public engineering colleges.) The undergraduate business and engineering rankings are based upon surveys of respective deans and senior faculty.

UI President David J. Skorton said that the rankings are one more measure of the UI's reputation as a great national university and as a leader in teaching and research.

"We have always aspired to be among the top public universities in the nation, and this ranking offers some solid evidence that we are making progress toward that goal," said Skorton. "This is a tribute to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and to all Iowans, who have made education a top priority ever since Iowa became a state.

"Considering the budget cuts we have had to deal with over the last few years, this is especially impressive," Skorton added. "We will continue to make a high-quality, affordable education our top priority."

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 15 indicators of academic quality in such categories as: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

The 2004 "National Universities--Doctoral" category contains 248 U.S. colleges and universities (162 public and 86 private) offering a wide range of undergraduate majors, plus master's 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. 1 issue of the magazine, as well as in the college guidebook. The rankings and other information are available on-line at

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