U.S. News & World Report and Forbes recently released their annual college rankings. The University came in at 25th, down from 24 in 2009, in U.S. News and World Report’s list and 44th according to Forbes, up from 64 in 2009.
Although Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts said it is complicated to judge a school’s quality based on any formulated ranking, he did recognize the positive publicity a school could obtain from a high ranking.
“It’s very difficult to accurately convey a school’s strength and programs through a formulaic ranking,” Roberts said. “At the same time, they have been around for many years, and if there is a ranking, it’s nice to be recognized.”
Roberts added that the University certainly paid attention to the rankings because they might affect the decisions of high school students.
The University may not have broken the top 20 among all schools nationally, but it was tied for second among public schools, said Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report.
“When you look at the overall ranking of 25 and the faculty resource ranking, there’s a large discrepancy. It’s very hard for a public university to be ranked very high because so much of it is based on money,” Roberts said.
U.S. News & World Report and Forbes differ in the methods the publications use for formulating their annual rankings.