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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 19, 2005

UI Ranked 21st Best U.S. Public National University

The University of Iowa is the 21st 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 a tie with Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers and Texas A&M universities.

The UI's placement of 21st on the magazine's influential 2006 "Top Public National Universities" list compares to a ranking of 19th in the U.S. News rankings for 2005, 19th in 2004, 20th in 2003, 24th in 2002, 20th in 2001, 21st in 2000 and 26th in 1999. The UI currently is ranked 60th 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 and the College of Engineering is ranked 28th among public universities. Tippie's ranking was the same as last year, while the College of Engineering moved up from the 33rd position. Among all public and private universities, Tippie is ranked 35th compared to 34th last year, and the College of Engineering moved up to 51st compared to last year's 60th ranking.

Also, the University of Iowa is one of 17 institutions appearing in the 2006 U.S. News listing titled "Writing In The Disciplines," which recognizes institutions that "typically make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum." Colleges in the listing are unranked and in alphabetical order.

Commenting on the rankings, UI Provost Michael J. Hogan said, "We are pleased to again be ranked among the nation's top 25 public universities, and we thank our faculty, staff, students and supporters for making that happen. In addition to the UI's consistently high ranking in U.S. News, we continue to be ranked highly by others, including the Fiske Report, which selected the UI as one of only 17 U.S. public universities cited as 'Best Buys' based on academic quality in relation to cost of attendance."

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on reputational data obtained from questionnaires filled out by administrators at more than 1,400 universities and colleges and from objective data submitted to a national data archive. The collected data are 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. 29 issue of the magazine on newsstands Monday, Aug. 22, and the college guidebook goes on sale the same day. The rankings and other information are available on-line at

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