Auburn named a top 50 public university for 19th consecutive year in U.S. News survey

AUBURN – Auburn University is ranked 36th among public universities nationwide, up from 38th last year, according to an annual survey released by U.S. News & World Report today. The ranking marks the 19th consecutive year the magazine has ranked Auburn among the nation’s top 50 public universities.

Auburn also improved its ranking among all universities, coming in 82nd nationally, up from 85th in 2010. Its College of Business undergraduate program ranked 27th among the nation’s public institutions and 46th overall.

“It is certainly an honor to be recognized by our peers as a leading business school and serves as a testament to our outstanding students and faculty,” said Bill Hardgrave, dean of the College of Business and Wells Fargo Professor. “While we are pleased to maintain our position as a top 30 public business school in the U.S., we will continue to look for ways to build and improve upon the undergraduate business program and the educational experience provided to our students.”

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranked 57th among universities offering doctoral programs in engineering.

“This ranking is a reflection of the quality and work ethic of our faculty and students. Despite the tough economy and tight resources we continue to excel in the classroom and laboratory,” said Larry Benefield, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “I am proud of the fact that Auburn Engineering ranks second among publically funded SEC peer institutions.”

Rankings of other programs are released at various times during the year by U.S. News & World Report.

“While no calculation can ever capture what is most essential and alive about a college or university, it is always good to have confirmation of the challenging and supportive environment that Auburn provides for learning,” said Drew Clark, director of Auburn’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Among land-grant universities, Auburn ranks 19th.

Auburn is also included in the magazine’s list of A-Plus Schools for B Students, which identifies schools that admit solidly prepared high-school students and do a good job of helping them advance toward their educational goals.

To establish its rankings U.S. News categorizes colleges and universities primarily by mission and, in some cases, region. The magazine then gathers data from each on up to 16 indicators of institutional resources and quality, assigning each factor a weight that reflects the magazine’s judgment about how much each measure matters.

The indicators the magazine staff uses to capture academic quality fall into seven categories: academic reputation among its peers, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and (for national universities and liberal arts colleges) the graduation rate performance, or the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do.

The 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges will be on newsstands Sept. 20.

(Contributed by Mike Clardy.)

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844- 9999 (clardch@auburn.edu), or
Deedie Dowdle (334) 844-9999 (dowdldk@auburn.edu)