U.S. News ranks U.Va. No.
1 in Best Values
is again the No. 2 public university, ranking 23rd among 249 national
universities in U.S. News & World Reports college rankings,
published in the Sept. 23 issue.
the magazines list of great schools at great prices,
U.Va. is the top-ranked public university and 11th overall. In
calculating best values, U.S. News considers the cost of tuition
and need-based aid to out-of-state students, along with each universitys
92 percent graduation rate, the highest at any public university,
is tied for ninth overall with Columbia, Northwestern and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In a new listing of academic
programs that really work, the Universitys experience
for first-year students ranked in the top 25.
three other public universities are in the top 25 overall: The
University of California-Berkeley (20th), and, tied at 25th, the
University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Michigan.
magazine also ranks undergraduate engineering and business programs
each fall. The McIntire
School of Commerce tied for fifth with the University of North
Carolinas Kenan-Flagler School, up two spots from last year.
U.Va.s School of
Engineering and Applied Science dropped to 37th, five places
lower than in 2001.
in last years ranking, U.Va. placed 66th in financial resources,
a measure of average spending per student on instruction, research,
student services and other educational expenditures over the past
two years. U.Va. spent less per student than any other institution
in the top 25, which is sometimes considered a measure of efficiency.
resource categories financial and faculty together
account for 30 percent of the ranking in the magazines calculation.
Faculty resources, in which U.Va. ranked 35th, includes measures
of class size, faculty salaries, student-faculty ratio, and the
proportion of faculty who are full time and who have the highest
degree in their field.
College of William and Mary, which ranked 30th overall among the
249 national universities, was 160th in financial resources and
43rd in faculty resources.
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education lists U.Va. among its top
10 schools for attracting and graduating African-American students
in its 10th annual ratings.
U.Va. received a score of 80 and came in No. 9 in the journals
compilations of data in 13 categories.
five years in a row, U.Va. has enrolled the highest percentage
of incoming black freshmen of any of the nations highest-ranked
universities, the journal noted.
2002-03 African-American enrollment has increased to 9.6 percent,
up from last years 9.1 percent, according to U.Va.s
and Studies office.
issue recognizes our strengths and the diversity of our student
body, said John A. Blackburn, dean of admission.
He stressed that the competition is very keen for attracting the
most promising African-American students, and said U.Va.s
efforts have never been stronger, despite legal challenges to
other public universities affirmative action policies.
University had the highest average diversity rating of the nations
26 most selective and prestigious universities included. The journal
noted that three of the top five schools Emory and Vanderbilt,
in addition to Duke were Southern schools, lily-white
40 years ago. Princeton and Washington universities were the other
top two schools.
Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine ranked U.Va. second,
after UNC-Chapel Hill, on its list of 100 Best Values in Public
Colleges in its October 2002 issue. University of California-Berkeley
was rated third.
magazine conducted its previous survey two years ago, when the
three schools ranked the same.