UConn nationally ranked at its highest yet, No. 19
UConn places in top 20 in public university rankings, no. 57 overall
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 00:09
UConn has been ranked No. 19 among the nation’s best public universities, its highest ranking ever, according to an annual report released by U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 rankings of colleges and universities in the United States on Tuesday morning, and with it came the announcement of UConn’s return to the top 20 for only the second time in the university’s existence.
“This is without question the most impressive position on the U.S. News ranking that UConn has ever reached,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a press release. “It confirms what many already know: that UConn is among the best universities in the nation, with a superb and growing academic reputation.”
UConn had previously been tied for No. 19 with the University of Florida, University of Pittsburgh and Texas A&M University in the 2012 public university rankings. The university fell out of the top 20 in the 2013 public university rankings, slipping into a two-way tie for No. 21 with the University of Georgia.
“Over the past two and a half years, we have made unprecedented investments in UConn to bolster its reputation for academic excellence and cement its status as a leader in higher education, not just in the Northeast but across the country,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in the same press release. “UConn’s ranking is evidence that these investments are paying off and will continue to do so for years to come.”
U.S. News also ranked UConn No. 57 in their national university rankings, which includes all major public and private universities in the United States. UConn was tied with Pepperdine University and Fordham University in the national university rankings.
“We’re of two minds about these rankings,” said UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz. “On the one hand, it’s a rightful thing to celebrate when we’re in the top 20. … On the other hand, we’re the same good university we were last year when we were No. 21.”
Reitz said Next Generation Connecticut and the addition of new professors from universities ranked higher than UConn likely contributed to the university moving up. She also said the university sees the long-term trend in quality academics and educational value as a more significant reason to celebrate.
Last November, UConn was ranked on Kiplinger’s “Best Values In Public Colleges” list, placing No. 25 for in-state students and No. 22 for out-of-state students. Of the three universities tied at No. 57 in the U.S. News national university rankings, UConn’s out-of-state tuition was approximately $13,500 cheaper per year than the other two.
“You just can’t build this university on the backs of tuition-paying students,” Reitz said. “UConn has been doing a lot to trim what is spent right now. A lot of savings in energy…even some simple things like combining the purchasing we do at the Storrs and regional campuses.”
These trends, Reitz said, will continue to move UConn up in the rankings, even if there is slight fluctuation along the way. She compared the changes in university rankings to weight loss.
“It’s almost like a weight loss plan,” Reitz said. “You can be excited at the end of the week that you’ve lost a couple of pounds or you can be discouraged the next week because maybe you’ve put one back on...But if you’re seeing long-term progress, that says something.”