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Release: Aug. 20, 1999

UI ranked 21 among U.S. public universities by U.S. News & World Report

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is the 21st best public university in the country, up from number 26 last year, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S. News & World Report.

The UI, along with nine other Big Ten Conference universities, was included in the influential rating guide’s list of the top 50 "public national universities."

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering, two of the most popular fields among undergraduates. The Henry B. Tippie College of Business was tied for 32nd in a field of approximately 680 business programs and the UI College of Engineering was tied for 52nd out of some 350 engineering programs.

In commenting on the rankings, UI President Mary Sue Coleman noted that many factors are responsible for the university being nationally recognized.

"One of the strengths of the University of Iowa is the huge spectrum of research programs in which undergraduates can participate. For example, engineering and geology students traveled to the mountains of Utah this month to test new technology for the future exploration of Mars, including ThrowCam, a camera and video transmitter that can be safely thrown at difficult-to-reach Mars study sites," she said.

"We also have an excellent record of placing students with highly regarded employers, and the value-added component of a University of Iowa education -- that is, a graduate’s starting salary minus the cost of annual tuition -- is huge," she said.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on questionnaires filled out by administrators at more than 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 U.S. colleges and universities offering a full range of undergraduate majors plus master’s and doctoral degrees. There are 147 public universities and 81 private universities in the category.

The annual U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" guide is scheduled for publication in the magazine Monday, Aug. 23, and the college guidebook, with more than 1,400 college rankings, goes on sale the following day. The rankings and other information also are available on the magazine’s website at http://www.usnews.com beginning Friday, Aug. 20.