Virginia Tech, Radford University rise in US News & World Report rankings

UB has achieved an all-time high ranking among the nation's best public and national universities, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In this ranking, U.S. News asked top college officials to identify schools in their region that demonstrate innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life and technology.

"In our first year as a regionally accredited institution, we're pleased to have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top regional universities in the South-and as one offering best value".

UW-Madison is ranked once again among the best public colleges or universities in the country, but the school dropped out of the top ten.

Cornell was also ranked as 64 out of 108 in Best Value Schools among the liberal arts colleges. It also ranked No. 100 in the world in 2017, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. There are 659 regional universities ranked: 259 of them are public universities, 388 are private and 12 are for-profit. Such universities often offer free or discounted tuition to students considered residents of the state. Dollars officials said their school is the youngest private institution in the rankings.


U.S. News weighs more than a dozen factors and creates an overall score for each school. UMPI came in at #3, its highest showing on this list to date.

"The U.S. News & World Report rankings represent and validate the outstanding performance and achievements of OBU's marvelous faculty, staff and students", President David Whitlock said.

UB improved on several metrics tracked by the magazine, including reputational ranking by university peers, increase in SAT scores, increase in number of classes of fewer than 20 students and higher graduation rate. Last week, Times Higher Education ranked Johns Hopkins No. 9 among USA universities and No. 13 globally in its annual world university rankings.

"The ranking reiterates what we know about Sweet Briar: that it's a great place for an excellent education that prepares students for the future", says Bill Allen, dean of enrollment and financial aid, but he, too, agrees that it should be taken with a grain of salt. The rankings are based on research of more than 1,400 institutions nationally.

KU's School of Engineering lost three spots, settling into a tie for 47th place among public universities.


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