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UI ranked 26th best public university in the country by news magazine

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is the 26th best public university in the country, according to the latest rankings by the magazine U.S. News and World Report.

The UI, which tied for 26th with three other institutions, joins nine other Big 10 conference universities in making the influential rating guide's listing of the top 50 "public national universities."

In the current rankings, the UI tied with the University of California at Riverside, the University of Delaware and the University of Georgia. The University of California at Berkeley and the University of Virginia tied for first in the 1998 rankings.

The rankings are based on questionnaires filled out by administrators at roughly 1,400 universities and colleges. The data collected is scored on 16 indicators in seven categories of academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation performance rate and alumni giving rate.

The category of "national university" includes the 228 colleges and universities in the United States that offer a full range of undergraduate majors plus master's and doctoral degrees. There were 147 public universities and 81 private universities in the category.

The results will be published in the magazine's guidebook, "America's Best Colleges," available Monday, Aug. 24, as well as in the Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 issues of the magazine. The rankings and other information also will be available on the magazine's website beginning Friday, Aug. 21 at

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