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Aug. 17, 2007

UI Ranked 24th Best U.S. Public National University

The University of Iowa is the 24th 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 and the University of Connecticut.

The UI's placement in the 2008 edition of the magazine's influential "The Top 50 Public National Universities" compares to a ranking of 25th in 2007, 21st in 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 262 U.S. universities (164 public and 98 private).

"Our faculty, staff, students and friends should take pride in this achievement, especially given the tremendous competitive pressure we face from the many excellent public universities in this country," UI President Sally Mason said. "We should feel good not only about this year's ranking, but about the fact that our performance in the various measures on which the rankings are based has consistently earned us the honor of being in the top 25 public universities in the nation. I'm thrilled to have been selected to lead such an outstanding academic institution, and I look forward to doing all that I can to ensure that our reputation for excellence is maintained."

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering. The UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business is ranked 20th among publics for 2008, tying with two other public universities, Georgia Institute of Technology and Texas A&M. Tippie's ranking was 21st among publics for the previous three years. Among all public and private universities, Tippie is ranked 33rd, up from 35th in 2007 and 2006.

"The Tippie College of Business continues to be highly regarded in a variety of rankings, including U.S.News & World Report's," said Beth Ingram, Tippie's associate dean for undergraduate programs. "We are proud of the contributions made by our students, faculty and staff that enable us to maintain our reputation of enduring and proven excellence."

The College of Engineering is ranked 34th among public universities for 2008, tying with several other public universities: Auburn University, Clemson University, Colorado State University, University at Buffalo-SUNY, University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Tennessee. The College of Engineering was ranked 30th among publics in 2007 and 28th in 2006. Among all public and private universities, the College of Engineering is ranked 57th, compared to 53rd in 2007 and 51st in 2006.

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 magazine's Aug. 27 issue, on newsstands Monday, Aug. 20, and available online at beginning today.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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