Auburn named a top 50 public university for 20th consecutive year in U.S. News survey

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is ranked 37th among public universities nationwide for its undergraduate programs, according to an annual survey released by U.S. News & World Report today. The ranking marks the 20th consecutive year the magazine has ranked Auburn among the nation’s top 50 public universities.

Auburn is ranked 89th in the nation among both public and private schools, while its College of Business undergraduate program ranked 27th among public institutions and 47th overall.

“We are certainly honored to continue to be recognized as a top 30 public business school in the U.S.,” said Bill Hardgrave, dean of the College of Business. “External rankings serve as validation of the reputation we have created among our peers. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our mission of producing highly desired graduates and generating knowledge that drives business thought and practice. This dedication is reflected in the rankings.”

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranked 30th among public universities offering doctoral programs in engineering and 53rd overall.

“These rankings are among the highest in the history of the College of Engineering … they are a testament to the strength of our faculty and reflect a commitment by our students to succeed in a rigorous curriculum,” said Christopher Roberts, dean of the College of Engineering. “They also represent our ongoing commitment to position the college among the nation’s premier engineering 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 estimate 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) graduation rate performance, or the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do.

The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges will be on newsstands Sept. 18.

(Written by Charles Martin.)

Contact: Mike Clardy, Auburn University, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, Auburn University, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)