U.Va. reclaims No.
1 U.S. News ranking
No. 1 again, at least according to U.S.
News and World Report.
The magazine's controversial annual national ranking of colleges
and universities listed U.Va. and the University of California-Berkeley
as co-No. 1's among the nation's public universities. Last year,
U.Va. was second to Berkeley after several years atop the public
the overall rankings, Virginia moved up to 20th from 22nd last
year. Princeton, Harvard and Yale topped the charts.
closer look at the rankings shows that U.Va. has the highest graduation
rate among public universities, and the 13th-highest overall.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science's rank improved
five spots to 27th nationally, while the McIntire School of Commerce
tied for eighth nationally.
University of Virginia's College at Wise placed second on U.S.
News' list of the South's best public liberal arts schools, just
behind Mississippi University for Women. The list includes 130
schools from Virginia south and from Mississippi east.
In another national ranking, the October issue of Kiplinger's
Personal Finance listed U.Va. as the No. 2 public university based
on a combination of educational quality and cost. The magazine
picked the top 100 schools based upon graduation rates, student-faculty
ratios and instructional and library funding, then ranked the
100 on a combination of quality, cost and financial aid measures.
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill topped Kiplinger's