News ranks U.Va. No. 2 this year
University of Virginia is ranked the No. 2 public university and
21st among all national universities, public or private, in U.S.
News & World Reports 2001 college rankings, published
two other public universities are listed in the top 25: the University
of California-Berkeley at 20th and the University of Michigan,
25th. Last year, U.Va. and Cal-Berkeley tied for the top public
spot at 20th overall.
the object of much controversy in educational circles, the U.S.
News rankings are widely read and cited.
to this years rankings, U.Va. has the highest graduation
rate of any public college or university and is ninth overall.
In the magazines listing of great schools at great
prices, U.Va. and the University of Missouri-Columbia are
the top-ranked public universities, tied at eighth overall with
Dartmouth and MIT. In calculating best values, U.S. News considers
the cost of tuition and need-based aid to out-of-state students,
along with each institutions overall quality ranking.
fall, the magazine also ranks undergraduate programs in engineering
and business. The McIntire School of Commerce gained one place
compared to last year, tying for seventh with Carnegie Mellon.
School of Engineering
and Applied Science tied for 32nd, matching its 1999 ranking,
but down five places from last year.
key factor in the slight dip in Universitys overall ranking
is its continued decline in financial resources the amount
spent per student on teaching, research, student services and
educational expenditures. The University dropped to 66th, down
from 64th last year and 62nd in 1999. This can be considered a
measure of efficiency, as U.Va. spends less than any of its peers
to achieve top-25 results.
at Wise is listed among the top 20 public liberal arts colleges
in the nation. Virginia Military Institute and Mary Washington
College are ranked first and third, but after the top five, the
remaining 15 schools are not put in successive order.
complete rankings, including specialties and programs not published
in the magazine, are online at http://www.usnews.com/.