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UB reaches all-time highs in annual U.S. News rankings

The University at Buffalo attained all-time highs in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of national universities.

UB moved up eight spots – to No. 89 – in the national university rankings, which were released Monday as part of the magazine's 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges."

UB was also among the top 50 public universities in the country for the fifth straight year, moving up three spots to No. 38.

It is the second straight year UB has attained an all-time high in both rankings.

According to UB, it has risen 32 spots in the national rankings over the past 11 years.

UB shared the No. 89 spot on the national list with six other universities, including Howard University, Indiana University Bloomington, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, University of Delaware and University of Iowa.

Princeton University retained its No. 1 rank in the overall list, as did Harvard in the No. 2 spot. A four-way tie at No. 3 included University of Chicago and Yale (which tied for No. 3 last year) as well as Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

UB remains behind two other State University of New York schools, Binghamton and Stony Brook, on the national list. Both are tied at No. 80.

UB was 11th among schools from New York State, behind Columbia, No. 16 Cornell University, No. 30 New York University, No. 33 University of Rochester, No. 49 Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, No. 53 Syracuse University, No. 70 Fordham University, as well as Binghamton, Stony Brook and Yeshiva University (all three tied at No. 80).

Additional highlights for UB included:

  • UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences tied for No. 37 for undergraduate engineering programs among public universities at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. The engineering school is No. 67 among both public and private universities nationwide, an improvement of three spots from last year.
  • The UB School of Management tied for No. 53 among public universities nationally and was No. 87 among both public and private universities nationwide, out of more than 800 accredited schools.
  • UB joined Purdue, the University of California Davis and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in a tie at No. 3 among national public universities for proportion of international students (16 percent). UB also remained in the top 20 among all national universities for proportion of international students.
  • UB rose six places, to No. 102, among U.S. News Best Value Schools.
  • UB was listed as "an A+ school for B students," which the magazine described as a university where students with good grades and a strong aptitude for learning have “a good chance at being accepted and thriving, where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office.”

U.S. News & World Report describes the "national universities" as schools that "offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research."

Several other local institutions were considered "Regional Universities" and did decently in the "Regional Universities North" rankings, particularly in the "best value" category. The magazine describes regional universities as schools that "offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs;" they are divided into four regions: North, South, Midwest, West.

The top local school on the north regional list was No. 22 St. Bonaventure, which was also the No. 2 best value in the North.

Right behind on the North regional list was No. 23 Canisius, which was also the No. 10 best value in the North.

Niagara was No. 43 in the North but was the No. 12 best value in that category.

Fredonia State is No. 50 in the North, tied for No. 12 among the North's top public schools and No. 65 in the North's best value schools.

Buffalo State was tied for No. 103 in North and tied for No. 29 among the North's top public schools.

Also making the North regional list were: Daemen (tied for No. 132 in North) and Medaille and D'Youville (both ranked "142-187" in North). Hilbert and Villa Maria were unranked in the North (the site included a note on both schools that they refused to fill out a U.S. News statistical survey).

U.S. News based its rankings on an assessment of more than 1,600 of the country’s four-year colleges and universities, in addition to data reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

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