BYU receives high ranking among colleges in magazine survey

PROVO, Utah — Showing a significant increase in its overall score, BYU ranks in the second tier of this year's U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Survey. The university's business and engineering programs are also ranked among the nation's best.

The Aug. 30 issue of U.S. News and World Report ranks about 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities by mission and region. BYU falls into the category of "national universities," which includes schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors — plus masters and doctoral degrees — and emphasize faculty research. There are 228 universities in the category, which is divided into four tiers.

Of the national universities, BYU is ranked 80th overall, according to Robert J. Morse, deputy director of data research at the magazine. Last year, the university was ranked 109th out of 228 schools.

The university's overall ranking is based on BYU's scores in seven main categories: academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni giving rate.

"We are very pleased with our final ranking, particularly as it reflects overall improvement across a broad set a categories," said BYU Pres. Merrill J. Bateman of the Seventy. "From the university's freshman retention rate to faculty resources to our alumni giving rate, we are seeing progress in many areas."

In the magazine's list of top undergraduate business schools, BYU is one of eight schools, out of 327, to be ranked 32nd.

In the best business programs, BYU's accounting program is ranked 6th, and its general management program is ranked 31st.

BYU's engineering program is also listed as one of the "best undergraduate engineering schools with Ph.D. programs" with a ranking of 85th out of 182. It tied for this position with eight other schools.

Because BYU places a strong emphasis on undergraduate training, Pres. Bateman added that this kind of recognition, given the school's limited number of doctoral programs, is extremely gratifying. "While it is difficult to reduce a school's quality to numbers, we do believe these scores reflected the high caliber of faculty and students we have at BYU," he said.