Category Archives: National Rankings

Bloomberg Business Week: Top Undergraduate Programs 2014

The 2014 Bloomberg Business Week Top Undergrad Programs list is out, and 21 of the top 50 business schools are at public universities.  For the second year in a row, Notre Dame was number 1 and UVA was number 2. … Continue reading

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Lumosity: The 25 “Smartest” Public Universities

The latest Lumosity ranking of the smartest universities is based on more than 70,000 student results on a battery of tests designed to measure cognitive ability in the following areas: attention, flexibility, memory, problem solving, and speed.  Students from more … Continue reading

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Choosing an Honors Program: Twenty Questions to Ask

We have noticed that many students apply to prominent public universities and then, almost as an afterthought, begin to wonder if the honors program at University A makes that school a better choice than regular admission to the higher-ranked University … Continue reading

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U.S. News Takes Another Shot at Public Universities

For a while now we have written about alternative ways to view the annual U.S. News college rankings. (Please see An Alternative List of 2013 U.S. News College Rankings for an example.)  Our view is that these rankings have placed … Continue reading

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Kiplinger Best Value Universities 2014: Biggest Gainers Among Publics

In this post, we are analyzing the Kiplinger Best Values in Public Colleges rankings for 2014 to determine which universities have improved significantly over the 2103 rankings.  Improvement can mean that more financial aid is available, or that costs have … Continue reading

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U.S. News: Major Public Universities with Highest Freshman Retention Rates

Although the annual U.S. News college rankings are a cause of considerable controversy, the magazine is a source of excellent information.  One useful metric is that for freshman retention–the percentage of entering freshmen who return for the sophomore year. The … Continue reading

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Surprise: Public Universities Have the Best Academic Departments

We have completed an analysis of academic departmental rankings published by U.S. News, and one result may be a surprise: of the top 56 universities with the best academic departments, 34 are public.   After the top dozen or so universities, … Continue reading

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Times Higher Ed World Rankings 2013-2014

 We continue to enjoy writing about the Times Higher Ed World Rankings  because unlike most U.S. ranking publications and the current trend of disparaging academic research at public institutions, the Times rankings embrace research as “the single most influential of … Continue reading

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Rutgers, Iowa State, Ohio State, UC Santa Barbara Make Gains in Undergrad Engineering

The annual U.S. News Best Colleges edition for 2014 lists 29 public universities among the top 50 nationally in undergraduate engineering, and Rutgers, Iowa State, Ohio State, and UC Santa Barbara all gained at least four places in the rankings … Continue reading

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U.S. News Best Undergrad Business 2014: Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Maryland Gain the Most

The 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges report lists the top schools for undergraduate business majors, and this year Florida made the biggest advance in the rankings –up 9 places– followed by Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Maryland, each of which gained … Continue reading

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