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U.S. News Praises UA for Undergraduate Research, Business Programs

The UA is recognized in the America’s Best Colleges 2013 guidebook for its excellence in undergraduate business education and undergraduate research and creative projects.
Sept. 12, 2012

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Arizona No. 58 among public national universities in its America’s Best Colleges 2013 issue, released today. That’s one position higher than last year. The University’s overall national ranking, among both public and private universities, climbed this year to 120 from 124.

The UA’s Eller College of Management again received high marks, holding onto its No. 24 ranking among undergraduate business programs at public and private national universities. Eller’s management information systems program maintained its No. 3 position.

The new publication also recognizes the UA as a leader in undergraduate research and creative projects in the “Programs to Look For” section, which highlights schools with outstanding programs in eight areas identified by education experts as keys to student success.

“We certainly are leaders in undergraduate research, and I’m delighted to see this recognition in U.S. News,” said Leslie Tolbert, UA senior vice president for research.

“In 1988, when the UA obtained funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to fund the Undergraduate Biology Research Program, fondly referred to as UBRP, it was quite revolutionary to be bringing undergraduate students into university laboratories, not just to wash glassware or enter data into spreadsheets, but to participate in real discovery and invention.”

“We know that engaging with faculty in this exciting way enhances student retention and prepares students to follow their curiosity, apply rational approaches to the challenges that surround them and attack complex problems with creativity and perseverance,” Tolbert said.  

The College of Engineering undergraduate program was ranked No. 50 among schools in which the highest degree is a doctorate.

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities based on a number of factors. The institutions are categorized by mission, evaluated on up to 16 weighted indicators of academic excellence and then ranked against their peers based on their composite scores.

The quality measures considered for national universities and national liberal arts colleges include undergraduate academic reputation, which is based on an academic peer assessment and accounts for 22.5 percent of the overall score; graduation and retention rate (20 percent); faculty resources (20 percent); student selectivity (15 percent); financial resources (10 percent); graduation rate performance, or the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates (7.5 percent); and alumni giving (5 percent).

Highlights from the Best Colleges 2013 guidebook are available online. The guide will be on newsstands Sept. 18.