CU Boulder maintains high marks among college rankings for 2017, 2018

World University Rankings 2018 | Times Higher Education (THE)

World University Rankings 2018 | Times Higher Education (THE)

In a statement, LSU said the latest rankings mark the 10th consecutive year that the school was listed among the best national universities. But new criticism of those rankings may make prospective college students think twice about what they mean.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on measures of academic peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

This year, U.S. News also ranked undergraduate business and engineering schools. That magazine, which has been ranking schools since 2005, has always been critical of U.S. News and has presented its own rankings as a different way to measure a school's worth. That trick would make the UW appear more selective, said Cauce, who added that she had no interest in doing so.

Released Monday evening, CU Boulder's undergraduate offerings take the No. 39 spot among public institutions (No. 90 overall, including public, private and for-profit universities) in U.S. News & World Report's national "Best Colleges" rankings for 2018.

Among regional schools in the South, Loyola University is ranked 10th and Xavier University is tied for 25th. Up-or-down movement of a few places is not considered significant.

Princeton University retained the No. 1 spot on the National Universities list followed by Harvard University, Yale University and University of Chicago (tied for No. 3), and Columbia University, Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tied for No. 5).

The University of Bath, Aston University and City, University of London are all in the top 200 and also beat some Russell Group members.

Among national liberal-arts universities, U.S. News ranked Whitman College 41st, and the University of Puget Sound 68th - similar to their standings past year. The Carnegie classification has served as the basis for the Best Colleges ranking category system since the first rankings were done in 1983.

Furman was ranked No. 13 in the category of "Most Innovative Schools", which is comprised of national liberal arts colleges that are making "cutting-edge changes" on their campuses. Seattle University was 29th, and Seattle Pacific University was 44th, among engineering schools that offered a bachelor's or master's.

LSU was tied with Mercer University in Georgia; The New School in New York; Rutgers University in New Jersey; University of Cincinnati and two SEC schools - University of Kentucky and University of Arkansas.

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