a tie with UC-Berkeley
U.Va. Regains No. 1 Position Among Best Public Institutions; Jumps
To No. 21 Among Best National Universities In U.S.News Rankings
August 21, 2003 --
University of Virginia has regained its No. 1 ranking among
public universities, U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News began ranking public schools in 1998, U.Va. has
never been lower than No. 2, and this
is the fourth time in seven
years it has claimed the No. 1 spot.
its 2004 edition of “America’s
Best Colleges,” U.S.
News also ranked U.Va. as No. 21 in its Top National Universities
category, which includes public and private institutions.
In both rankings, U.Va. tied with the University of California-Berkeley.
In the 17- year history of the rankings, U.Va. has never
out of the top 25 listing.
President John T. Casteen III said he believes the University’s
continued success in the rankings is due, in large measure,
to 10 years of strong philanthropic support for faculty work
is equal to the best in the country.
am particularly pleased that in the midst of an extraordinary
state budget crisis, the University of Virginia has managed
not only to hold its own, but also to continue to be ranked at the
top,” Casteen said. “This honor is a tribute
to the sustained hard work and contributions of every
member of the University
community, and to the loyalty of University alumni around
Provost Gene D. Block pointed to the University’s
strong score for its academic programs and reputation
-- 4.4 out of 5 -- as an important indicator of success. “The
fact that our ranking and, specifically, our reputational
this year confirms what we all know to be the case,
that the University has outstanding faculty, students
and programs,” Block said. “ The past year's
financial difficulties have been hard on everyone,
and it is gratifying to know that others continue to
view our institution as a leader.”
the past several years, the University sustained the largest
cuts of any other state institution, in
tuition rollbacks and three years of faculty salary
freezes. In the faculty resources category of the
faculty compensation, the University dropped from
35 to 44. The toll over the present two-year budget will
in reduced state support and could well impact future
the same time, there was some good financial news. In April,
Standard & Poor’s upgraded
the University to a triple-A debt rating, making it one
of only two public universities in the
country — along with the University of Texas — to
hold the coveted ranking from all three of the
major bond-rating agencies.
economic situation and its impact on the University,
Standard & Poor cited, among other things,
the University’s solid reputation, increase
in research funding, and the strength and effectiveness
of its financial and business
additional 2004 rankings, U.S. News named U.Va.’s McIntire
School of Commerce No. 7 among best undergraduate
business programs in a three-way tie with Carnegie
Mellon University and the University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Among 12 ranked
business specialties, McIntire tied with Indiana
University-Bloomington at No. 4 among
best management programs.
best undergraduate engineering programs, U.Va.’s School
of Engineering and Applied Sciences was in
good company at No. 38 in an 11-way tie with Brown, Case
Western, Michigan State, Notre
Dame, Vanderbilt, Washington University (St.
Louis), Yale and others.
year, U.S. News introduced a category called Outstanding
and for the
second time U.Va.
was among the schools
cited as among the best in the country.
background on uva rankings
U.Va. Regains Top Public Spot in U.S. News
Ties with UC - Berkeley for No. 1 Best
Jumps to No. 21 Among Best National Universities
McIntire School of Commerce, No. 7 among
undergraduate business programs; School
of Engineering in 11-way tie for No. 38; First-Year Experience
cited as one of nation's best
its 2004 edition of "America's Best Colleges," U.S.
News & World
Report once again ranked the University of Virginia
among the top 25 Best National Universities in the country.
The University jumped from No. 23 last year to tie with the
University of California-Berkeley at No. 21 this year. Among
the Top Public University category, U.Va. regained the No.
1 spot in a tie with UC-Berkeley. U.Va. was ranked the No.
2 public university for the last two years.
News also ranks individual undergraduate business and engineering
In undergraduate business programs, the McIntire School
of Commerce ranked No. 7 in a three-way tie with Carnegie
Mellon University and the University of North Carolina -
Hill. The No. 1 spot went to the University of Pennsylvania.
Among 12 ranked specialties, McIntire ranked No. 4 for management
in a tie with Indiana University-Bloomington. (The McIntire
School was ranked No. 5 last year in a tie with
the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
The management program was ranked the same at No. 4)
Engineering School, in an 11-way tie, ranked No. 38 among
engineering programs (among institutions where a doctorate
is the highest degree offered). The No. 1 spot
to MIT. Among the other schools ranked at No.
38 are: Arizona State, Brown, Case Western, Lehigh,
Michigan State, University of Arizona, Notre
Dame, Vanderbilt, Washington University (St.
and Yale. (The Engineering School was ranked
No. 37 last year in a seven-way tie.)
University also was cited as one of 38 schools
with an outstanding first-year experience program.
These schools were selected through a poll of college presidents,
chief academic officers,
of students who were asked to nominate 10 institutions
that are "stellar examples" of
brief recap of methodology and a look at how we did in key
comparison purposes, scores for Harvard (No. 1) and UNC -
Chapel Hill (No. 29) have
Peer assessment (weighted 25%) surveys "presidents,
provosts, and deans of admission… each individual is
asked to rate peer schools' academic programs on a scale
(marginal) to 5 (distinguished). U.Va.
= 4.4; Harvard = 4.9; UNC = 4.2. U.Va. increased 1/10th
of a point
from 4.3 to 4.4
* Freshmen retention rate (weighted
20%). U.Va. = 97%; Harvard = 97%; UNC
* Faculty resources rank (weighted
20%) uses "six factors from the
2002-03 academic calendar to assess
a school's commitment to instruction." The
six components are classes with fewer
than 20 students, classes with more
than 50 students, faculty salaries,
with a terminal
student-faculty ratio, and proportion
of full-time faculty. U.Va. = 44; Harvard
2; UNC = 71.
* Student selectivity rank (weighted
15%) takes into account test scores,
and the proportion of students in the
top ten percent of their high school graduating
= 25; Harvard = 4; UNC = 34.
* Financial resources (weighted 10%)
measures "the average
spending per student on instruction, research, student services,
and related educational expenditures
during the 2001 and 2002
fiscal years." U.Va. = 54; Harvard = 10;
UNC = 28.
* Graduation rate performance rank
(weighted 5%) "was developed to
include the effect of the college's
programs and policies on
the graduation rate of students after
controlling for spending and student
aptitude." U.Va. = 12;
Harvard = 1; UNC = 33
* Alumni giving rate (weighted 5%).
U.Va. = 27%; Harvard = 49%; UNC = 25%.
National Universities (The Top 25)
1. Harvard University
1. Princeton University
3. Yale University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. California Institute of Technology
5. Duke University
5. Stanford University
5. University of Pennsylvania
9. Dartmouth College
9. Washington University in St. Louis
11. Columbia University
11. Northwestern University
13. University of Chicago
14. Cornell University
14. Johns Hopkins University
16. Rice University
17. Brown University
18. Emory University
19. University of Notre Dame
19. Vanderbilt University
21. University of Virginia *
21. University of California - Berkeley
23. Carnegie Mellon University
23. Georgetown University
25. University of Michigan - Ann
* public institution
Top 25 Public National Universities
1. University of Virginia
1. University of California - Berkeley
3. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
4. University of California - Los
5. University of North Carolina -
6. College of William & Mary
7. University of California - San
7. University of Wisconsin - Madison
9. Georgia Institute of Technology
10. University of Illinois - Urbana
11. University of California - Davis
12. University of California - Irvine
12. University of California - Santa
12. University of Washington
15. Pennsylvania State University
- University Park
15. University of Florida
17. University of Maryland - College
17. University of Texas - Austin
19. University of Iowa
20. Purdue University - West Lafayette
20. University of Georgia
22. Ohio State University - Columbus
22. Rutgers - New Brunswick
22. University of Minnesota - Twin
25. Miami University - Oxford
25. University of Connecticut
32. Virginia Tech
of Virginia National Rankings, 1988 - 2004
of Virginia Public Rankings, 1998
U.S. News did not begin breaking out
the Top 50 Publics
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