TU Advances To 83 in US News Ranking

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The University of Tulsa has advanced its position among the top 100 national doctoral universities ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 guidebook.

The University of Tulsa has advanced its position among the top 100 national doctoral universities ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 guidebook, “America’s Best Colleges.”

The U.S. News & World Report results, released today, rank TU 83rd out of 262 national doctoral universities, a classification developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This marks TU’s highest ranking in the U.S. News report. Last year, the University was ranked 91st among the top 100.

Among private schools listed in the top 100, TU ranked 47th in the 2009 guidebook.

“The latest U.S. News results provide affirmation that TU has become one of the nation’s great universities,” said TU President Steadman Upham. “Our deliberate actions during the past decade have allowed TU to select a student body from among the nation’s top students while creating a vibrant, residential campus experience for these students once they arrive in Tulsa.”

TU is the highest rated Oklahoma university, public or private, in this year’s U.S. News edition. Among the factors that determine the national doctoral university rankings, TU’s most marked change was a 25 percent decrease in the acceptance rate, which indicates the University was much more selective about admitting high performing students into its incoming class. TU also showed a five percent gain in students who were among the top 10 percent of their high school class, increasing from 59 percent in last year’s rankings to 64 percent this year.

“These numbers demonstrate that more top students are making TU their university of choice,” Upham said. “This influx of talented young people is having a profound impact on the university and the greater Tulsa area.”

Upham attributed TU’s strong recruitment record to top-quality academic programs, a student-to-faculty ratio of 10-to-1, an average class size of 19, a distinguished teaching faculty, and innovative enrichment programs such as the TU Honors Program and Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge.

The universities ranked in the guidebook’s national doctoral category offer a wide range of undergraduate degree programs as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. The U.S. News & World Report rankings are used by high school students and their parents to guide them in the selection of colleges and universities.

For more information, visit the U.S. News & World Report web site at www.usnews.com.

Contact:
David Hamby
918-631-2309
david-hamby@utulsa.edu