CU Boulder maintains high marks among college rankings for 2017, 2018

Baylor is the second-highest ranked university in the Big 12.

The new rankings are based on data gathered during the past spring and summer.

For instance, a private research university in Dallas, Southern Methodist University, had hosted a billion-dollar fundraising drive focusing on numerous areas ranked by U.S. News, including spending more on faculty and recruiting students with higher SAT scores, and jumped up in the rankings. A report this week by Politico revealed how the rankings create incentives for schools to game the ranking system by favoring wealthier students over less wealthy applicants.

Others listed in alphabetical order from 231-300 included the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of New Orleans.

And earlier this summer, during a University of Washington regents meeting.

Parents and prospective students aren't the only ones watching the rankings. That trick would make the UW appear more selective, said Cauce, who added that she had no interest in doing so.

GW tied with four other universities this year, including University of CT and University of Texas-Austin. Up-or-down movement of a few places is not considered significant. Additionally, Drexel was the only local university to rank for "Most Innovative Schools".

TCNJ also ranked as the top university for veterans in the region and second in the region for Best Undergraduate Teaching.

A spokeswoman for the publication told us previously that its own world rankings relied more on research and reputation while domestic ones are dependent on the quality of undergraduate education and good outcomes for students. UCLA was ranked No. 1 for economic diversity among the top 25-ranked universities, based on number of UCLA undergraduate students receiving Pell Grants (37 percent).

"Year after year, UVA consistently holds its position among the very best public universities in the nation", University President Teresa A. Sullivan said.

Houghton College was listed in the best National Liberal Arts Colleges category at No. 147.

In its Best Regional Colleges in the North ranking, UMPI tied for the #29th slot, earning first tier status. For the fourth year in a row, the College of Engineering ranks 14th overall, and for the fifth year in a row, it ranks seventh among public doctoral institutions.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Research and Development James Lawless says the fact that only one Irish third level school is ranked within the top 200 in the world highlights the need for a "greater emphasis" to be placed on developing Ireland's third level research sector.

Southern University was among those listed in alphabetical order among regional schools between 114-142.

  • Leroy Wright