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Sept. 13, 2011

U.S.News ranks UI among best 30 public national universities in U.S.

The University of Iowa ranks 28th among the nation's best public universities, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S.News & World Report. The ranking places the UI in a tie with Michigan State University and Virginia Tech.

The UI's placement in the 2012 edition of the magazine's "The Top 30 Public National Universities" compares to a ranking of 29th in the 2011 and 2010 editions. The UI currently is ranked 71st in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 280 U.S. universities (172 public, 101 private, and seven for-profit), compared to 72nd last year.

"The higher national rankings show what we already knew about the dedication of the students, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa," UI President Sally Mason said. "We continue improving our programs to meet the needs of our students, which these and other rankings clearly reflect. Iowans should be proud that their University of Iowa holds such high national prominence."

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering. The UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business is ranked 17th among publics for 2012, tying with four other public university: Arizona State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. Tippie ranked 22nd in 2011. Among all public and private universities, Tippie is newly ranked 28th, after ranking 34th last year.

The College of Engineering is ranked 31st among public universities with doctoral programs for 2011, tying with Auburn University, the University of Buffalo-SUNY, University of Delaware and University of Tennessee. The College of Engineering was ranked 32nd among publics in 2011. Among all public and private universities, the College of Engineering is newly ranked 57th, compared to 56th in 2011.

In addition, under a section titled "A Focus on Student Success," U.S.News includes the UI as one of 17 colleges, listed alphabetically, that "make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum."

Also, a section titled "A+ Schools for B Students" lists the UI as one of a number of schools -- including Purdue University and Michigan State University -- "where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving -- where spirit and hard work could make all the difference in admissions offices."

The U.S.News & World Report rankings are based on reputational data obtained from questionnaires filled out by administrators at more than 1,500 universities and colleges and from objective data submitted to a national data archive. The collected data are scored on up to 16 indicators of academic quality in the following categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving.

The U.S.News & World Report "Best Colleges 2012" rankings are scheduled for online release at beginning today. The 2012 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Tuesday, Sept. 20.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, University News Services, 319-384-0009,