Academics and Research / Magazine Feature

U.S. News ranks DU among top 100

U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings for undergraduate education — released Aug. 17 — ranked the University of Denver 11th on its national universities “Up-and-Comers” list.

DU was tied with the University of Southern California, the University of Georgia, the University of Cincinnati and Binghamton University.

The report also placed the University of Denver among the nation’s top 100 universities. DU ranked 86th along with University of Colorado-Boulder, St. Louis University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Drexel University, Clark University and Binghamton University. 

DU’s ranking is based on its Carnegie Foundation category as a doctoral/research university with high research activity. U.S. News collects data on as many as 15 indicators of academic quality within each category. DU ranked high for its freshman retention rate (87 percent); percentage of full-time faculty (74 percent) and its percentage of classes with under 20 students (62 percent). DU also was included on the list of “A+ Options for B Students.”

“DU is committed to graduating students who are immersed in scholarship, engaged in the community and grounded in ethics,” says Provost Gregg Kvistad. “The academic strength of the University continues to grow and we are pleased to be recognized for our focus on excellence.” 

National universities ranked by U.S. News include 262 national public and private universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. The magazine weights 22.5 percent of a school’s ranking on academic reputation as determined by a survey of university administrators and high school guidance counselors; graduation and retention rates, and faculty resources are weighted at 20 percent each.

Ed. Note: An early version of this story misstated the percentages used to calculate a school’s ranking. It has been changed to reflect the correct information.


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