U.Va. holds steady at No. 2
In a year in which U.S. News & World Report relied on information from Virginia’s gloomy 2003-2004 budget year in formulating its annual rankings of the top universities, U.Va. continued to hold its own, remaining No. 2 among national public universities behind only the University of California-Berkeley.
That ranking continued a trend: in each of the nine years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either first or second.
U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among all national universities — public and private — tying with Georgetown University at No. 23.
In the magazine’s “Great School, Great Value” category, U.Va. moved up four spots to No. 17.
The University consistently has shown strength in academic and fiscal management areas that are key to high national rankings. Over the past decade, as state funding of higher education in Virginia dwindled and the University came to rely more heavily on private philanthropic support, U.Va. has managed to continue to invest in faculty and programs and streamline its infrastructure — moves that have proved essential to laying the groundwork for future growth, said U.Va. spokeswoman Carol Wood.
Faculty and financial resources — categories that measure overall resources available, and not how they are managed — are categories in which the University continues to suffer in the rankings. While U.Va. made progress in faculty resources, moving up from No. 39 to No. 36 this year, its rank in financial resources slid from No. 49 last year to No. 55 — next to last among the top 25.
Wood attributed the drop to the use of 2003-2004 budget numbers in the calculations. At that time, the University’s share of state budget cuts amounted to more than $52 million. Cumulatively, the University had suffered cuts of more than $92 million since the 2001-2002 fiscal year.
In other U.S. News rankings:
• The McIntire School of Commerce also held its own at No. 9 in the Best Business Programs category. McIntire’s management program was again ranked No. 4. Other ranked programs included marketing (12th), management information systems (16th) and accounting (28th).
• The School of Engineering and Applied Science captured the No. 31 spot among undergraduate engineering programs, up from No. 33 last year.
• The University of Virginia’s College at Wise ranked No. 1 among liberal arts colleges in the “Least Debt” category. Though 68 percent of its students graduate with debt, their average debt load of $8,385 is the lowest among all liberal arts colleges.
|U.S. News & World Report
Top 25 national universities
No. 1 Harvard and Princeton
No. 3 Yale
No. 4 Univ. of Pennsylvania
No. 5 Duke and Stanford
No. 7 Cal Tech and MIT
No. 9 Columbia and Dartmouth
No. 11 Washington Univ. in St. Louis
No. 12 Northwestern
No. 13 Cornell and Johns Hopkins
No. 15 Brown and Univ. of Chicago
No. 17 Rice
No. 18 Notre Dame and Vanderbilt
No. 20 Emory and Univ. of California-Berkeley
No. 22 Carnegie Mellon
No. 23 Georgetown and U.Va.
No. 25 UCLA and Univ. of Michigan
Forbes ranks Darden eighth
U.Va.’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration jumped to eighth place in Forbes magazine’s 2005 rankings of best business schools. Announced Aug. 18, Forbes’ fourth biennial ranking moves Darden up from 10th place in 2003 and 13th place in 2001.
According to Forbes’ announcement, its survey is based on return on investment, “meaning compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and the foregone salary during school.” This year, Forbes surveyed MBA graduates from the class of 2000.
“At Darden, we stress the whole person and the entire education process,” said dean Robert F. Bruner. “But that being said, people who seek the degree do, in fact, want a solid return on their investment. The Forbes ranking is another indication that they get that at Darden.”