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Aug. 18, 2006

UI Ranked 25th Best U.S. Public National University

The University of Iowa is the 25th 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 Purdue University.

The UI's placement of 25th on the magazine's influential 2007 "The Top 50 Public National Universities" list compares to a ranking of 21st in the U.S.News rankings for 2006, 19th in 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 64th in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 248 U.S. 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 30th among public universities. Tippie's ranking was the same for the third year in a row, while the College of Engineering was 28th in 2006. Among all public and private universities, Tippie is ranked 35th (as it was in 2006), and the College of Engineering is ranked 53rd, compared to last year's ranking of 51st.

For the second consecutive year, the UI is one of 16 institutions appearing in the 2007 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 appear in alphabetical order.

"We can be very proud of how well we continue to do in the rankings," said UI Provost Michael J. Hogan, "especially given the constraints on our resources over recent years and the tremendous competitive pressure we face from the many excellent universities vying to match or surpass us. Our performance this year in the various measures on which the rankings are based is extremely consistent with last year and previous years. As a result, we remain among the nation's top 25 public universities, which is a remarkable achievement and something that our faculty, staff, students, and friends should feel very good about."

Business Dean Curt Hunter said, "The Tippie College of Business continues to be highly regarded in a variety of rankings, including U.S.News & World Report's. The rankings all indicate that the college holds a position of proven and enduring excellence."

Engineering Dean Barry Butler said, "We are pleased that the UI College of Engineering is ranked 30th among public engineering colleges and 53rd among all public and private engineering schools. In both instances, this places the College in the top quartile of U.S. engineering schools."

The U.S.News & World Report university 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. 28 issue of the magazine on newsstands Monday, Aug. 21, and the college guidebook goes on sale the same day. The rankings and other articles are available on-line at


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Relations