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Aug. 17, 2010

U.S. News ranks UI 29th best public national university in U.S.

The University of Iowa is the 29th 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 the Colorado School of Mines and the University of California–Santa Cruz.

The UI's placement in the 2011 edition of the magazine's "The Top 50 Public National Universities" compares to a ranking of 29th in the 2010 edition, 26th in 2009, 24th in 2008 and 25th in 2007. The UI currently is ranked 72nd in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 262 U.S. universities (164 public and 98 private), compared to 71st last year.

"I am proud that the University of Iowa is maintaining its high quality, even as we continue to confront significant challenges," UI President Sally Mason said. "As we welcome another record-breaking first-year class next week, we demonstrate that students throughout our state, across the country, and around the world are, more and more, seeking out the top-flight education that we provide.

"The excellence of our university community powers the innovation that marks our learning, discovery and engagement, and I thank our faculty, staff, and students for their talent and dedication, which makes us such a notable institution of higher education."

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering. The UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business is ranked 22nd among publics for 2011, tying with one other public university: the University of Colorado-Boulder. Tippie ranked 19th in 2010. Among all public and private universities, Tippie is newly ranked 34th, after ranking 31st last year.

The College of Engineering is ranked 32nd among public universities with doctoral programs for 2011, tying with Auburn University, Clemson University, Colorado State University and the University of Pittsburgh. The College of Engineering was ranked 33rd among publics in 2010. Among all public and private universities, the College of Engineering is newly ranked 56th, compared to 57th in 2010.

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 September 2010 issue, on newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 31, and available online at beginning today. The 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 24.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

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