U.S. News Ranks UA 45th Among Public Universities

University Communications
Aug. 17, 2007


U.S. News & World Report ranks The University of Arizona in a tie for 45th among public national universities, according to its latest rankings in America's Best Colleges 2007. The magazine also ranked the UA's Eller College of Management in a tie for 12th place among undergraduate business programs at public universities.

The Eller College is also one of only three institutions to maintain top-five status in the Management Information Systems business specialty since the inception of the U.S. News rankings in 1989, the two other institutions being MIT and Carnegie Mellon. This year, Eller's MIS program ranked 4th among all universities.

The UA also ranks 96th for undergraduate programs and the Eller College ranks in a tie for 21st for undergraduate business programs among all national universities, which include public and private universities. The College of Engineering's undergraduate programs were ranked 48th among schools whose highest degree is a doctorate.

U.S. News annually surveys colleges and universities by initially categorizing them by mission and in some cases by region. Data is gathered using seven indicators, which are assigned a weight by the magazine's staff, and colleges are ranked against their peers. According to U.S. News, assessment by peers is given the greatest weight, 25 percent, in determining rankings.

Other indicators include retention (20 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (5 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent).

The top school in each category is given a rating of 100 and then all other institutions in that category are calculated proportionally against that score.

Highlights of the college rankings are scheduled for publication in the Aug. 27 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

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