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Aug. 22, 2008

UI ranked 26th best U.S. public national university

The University of Iowa is the 26th best public national university in the country, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S.News & World Report. The ranking places the UI in a tie with Purdue University, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Connecticut.

The UI's placement in the 2009 edition of the magazine's influential "The Top 50 Public National Universities" compares to a ranking of 24th in the 2008 edition and 25th in 2007. The UI currently is ranked 66th in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 262 U.S. universities (164 public and 98 private).

In addition, the UI is one of 23 institutions -- including Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities -- appearing in the 2009 U.S.News listing titled "Writing In The Disciplines," which recognizes institutions that "typically make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum." Colleges in the listing are unranked and appear in alphabetical order.

Commenting on the rankings, UI President Sally Mason said, "I am proud that the University of Iowa remains one of the nation's most highly ranked public universities and that it remains the university of choice for thousands of undergraduate students from our state and from across the country and the world.

"The excellence of our academic programs is the most important marker of our institutional quality and the most important factor in students choosing the UI for their higher education," she said. "I am pleased that so many of our colleges, departments, and programs are nationally recognized, and I thank the dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and students of our University community for making them so."

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering. The UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business is ranked 21st among publics for 2009, tying with two other public universities, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tippie's ranking was 20th for 2008, and 21st among publics for 2007. Among all public and private universities, Tippie is ranked 35th, after ranking 33rd last year and 35th in 2007.

The College of Engineering is ranked 34th among public universities for 2009, tying with several other public universities: Colorado State University, Kansas State University, SUNY-Stony Brook, the University at Buffalo-SUNY and the University of Illinois-Chicago. The College of Engineering was ranked 34th among publics in 2008 and 30th in 2007. Among all public and private universities, the College of Engineering is ranked 61st, compared to 57th in 2008 and 53rd in 2007.

The U.S.News & World Report rankings are based on reputational data obtained from questionnaires filled out by administrators at more than 1,400 universities and colleges and from objective data submitted to a national data archive. The collected data are scored on 15 indicators of academic quality in such categories as: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

The annual U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" guide is scheduled for publication in the magazine's Sept. 1 issue, on newsstands Monday, Aug. 25, and available online at http://www.usnews.com/colleges beginning today.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu