AUSTIN, TexasNumerous national rankings, including the 2005 survey of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report magazine, recently have recognized the university’s excellence and value.
UT Austin has been named the nation’s “hottest” state university in the 2005 Kaplan/Newsweek “How to Get into College Guide”; the 2005 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges rates UT as a “Best Buy” school; and the Princeton Review’s “Best 357 Colleges” survey ranks UT among the “Best in the West” and in the top 10 for “best bargains” among public schools and as a top 10 “party school.”
In this year’s U.S. News and World Report magazine survey of undergraduate programs at colleges and universities, UT Austin again ranks among the nation’s top national and public universities.
The university moved up seven spots from last year’s ranking to tie for 46th place with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York), the University of Washington and Yeshiva University (New York) among best national universities. There are 248 universities included in the magazine’s survey of national universities.
UT Austin is tied with the University of Washington to rank 14th among 162 public national universities, a jump from 17th last year.
U.S. News ranks The University of Texas at Austin 18th in its “Great Schools, Great Prices” listing. This ranking couples “a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid.”
Quantitative and qualitative measures are used to determine a university’s overall ranking. Rankings of programs such as business and engineering and specialty areas within those colleges, are determined by surveys of deans and senior faculty.
The university also is highly ranked in the magazine’s survey of the best engineering undergraduate programs and the best business programs.
The College of Engineering undergraduate program tied with Cornell University for 10th place in the rankings, up one spot from a year ago. Its civil engineering program is rated third in specialty areas, while chemical engineering ranks fifth.
The McCombs School of Business ranks sixth, tied with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. McCombs was ranked fifth in last year’s survey. Its accounting program ranks first in qualitative rankings of specialty areas, while its insurance program is fourth, management is third (tied with the University of Arizona) and marketing is third.
For the second year in a row, Harvard and Princeton universities tied for the top spot in this year’s list of best national universities. The University of California at Berkeley is the top-ranked public university.
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