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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 20, 2004

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

The University of Iowa, for the second consecutive year, 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 UI's ranking -- a tie with Rutgers University and the University of Georgia -- 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 2005 "Top Public National Universities" list compares to a ranking of 19th last year, 20th in 2003, 24th in 2002, 20th in 2001, 21st in 2000 and 26th in 1999. The UI currently is ranked 58th in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 248 colleges and universities (162 public and 86 private).

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering, where the UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business is ranked 21st among public universities. (The college is currently ranked 34th among all public and private universities.) Also, in the fields of accounting and management, the college is ranked 9th and 15th, respectively. The UI College of Engineering is ranked 33rd among public universities. (The college is currently ranked 60th among all public and private universities.)

UI President David J. Skorton said that the rankings offer one more yardstick showing that the UI is a recognized national university and a teaching and research leader.

"We are grateful to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and all Iowans for building and maintaining the University of Iowa's leadership role in higher education," Skorton said. "We will continue to strive to be among the top public universities in the nation while making a high-quality, affordable education our top priority, despite budget cuts and a difficult economic environment."

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 annual U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" guide is scheduled for publication in the Aug. 30 issue of the magazine on newsstands Monday, Aug. 23, and the college guidebook goes on sale the same day. The rankings and other information are available on-line at

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