TU ranked among nation’s top 100 universities

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The University of Tulsa once again ranked as one of the best educational institutions in the country

Students walking near Bayless PlazaU.S. News and World Report has named The University of Tulsa among the nation’s top 100 national universities, which marks the seventh consecutive year the magazine has recognized TU as one of the nation’s top universities.

The magazine’s rankings, released Wednesday, show TU 88th among the more than 260 national doctoral universities, a classification developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

TU ranks 50th among private schools and is the only Oklahoma university recognized in the top 100.

The latest U.S. News and World Report survey showed TU incoming freshman reported a one-point increase in ACT entrance scores at both the 25th and 75th percentile, which stood at 25 and 31 respectively. The report also showed that 64 percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, which equaled last year’s numbers. TU’s acceptance rate also dropped from 51 percent to 46 percent, which indicates the university was more selective about admitting high performing students into its incoming class.

During the past decade, TU has made key investments in student scholarships, academic resources, campus amenities and physical facilities. The university strategically made these investments so that TU can continue to provide an unparalleled educational experience for students and to create an environment where faculty can engage in original research while remaining committed to teaching some of the nation’s best and brightest students.

Release of the latest U.S. News rankings falls just a few weeks after TU was recognized by The Princeton Review for “provid(ing) a superior learning environment and a myriad of academic opportunities” with an “academic experience (that) is high quality and stimulating.” Earlier this year, The Princeton Review and USA Today named TU as one of the nation’s 50 best values among private schools.

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.

David Hamby