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UI is ranked 15th best public university in the country

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa ranks as the 15th best public university in the United States, according to new rankings released Thursday, Aug. 21, by the magazine U.S. News and World Report.

This is the first time the magazine has included a separate ranking for public national universities in its influential ratings guide.

President Mary Sue Coleman said the rankings are an indication of how highly respected the UI is nationally. "It's great news to hear that U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as one of the nation's best," Coleman said. "The ranking is a well-deserved tribute to our faculty, staff and students."

"I'm also pleased to note that this ranking provides good evidence that we are making solid progress toward our institutional goal of becoming one of the nation's top 10 public universities," she added.

The rankings are based on results of a 22-page questionnaire filled out by administrators at roughly 1,400 universities and colleges. To determine its rankings, the magazine looks at 81 statistical measures in six broad categories, including academic reputation among administrators, retention rates for students, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and a category called "value added," which measures the academic success of students compared to an estimated success rate.

The results will be published in the 1998 edition of the magazine's guidebook, "America's Best Colleges" and in the Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 issues of the magazine. The Sept. 1 issue and the guidebook will be on newsstands Monday, Aug. 25.

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