U.S. News Names TU as Top 100 National University

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

U.S. News & World Report has named The University of Tulsa among the nation’s top 100 national universities, which marks the eighth consecutive year the university has been included on this list.

The magazine’s 2011 rankings, released Aug. 17, show TU 93rd among the more than 260 national doctoral universities, a classification developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In total, there are 2,691 four-year U.S. colleges and universities.

The latest U.S. News & World Report survey showed TU gained in its overall score, rising two points to 44. TU ranks 53rd among the nation’s private schools and is the only Oklahoma university recognized in the top 100.

A number of indicators demonstrated TU’s continued improvements, including percentage of incoming freshman who were in the top 10 percent in their graduating high school class, which rose to 71 percent this year compared with 64 percent the previous year. The average freshmen retention rate rose to 87 percent from 86 percent reported last year. TU’s dedication to providing a personal learning environment is represented through the increase of classes containing fewer than 20 students, which rose from 70 percent this year compared to 58 percent the previous year.

“The University of Tulsa has made remarkable progress during the past decade as it has risen into the ranks of the nation’s top 100 universities,” said TU President Steadman Upham. “This transformation can be seen in the vibrancy of our physical campus, the scholarship of our faculty, and the achievements of our student body. The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings provide affirmation that TU’s strategic plans are working, which is especially rewarding in light of this competitive educational market and these difficult economic times.”

TU’s progress has come through key investments in student scholarships, academic resources, campus amenities and physical facilities. The university made these strategic investments to establish an unparalleled educational experience for students. This includes creating an environment where faculty members can engage in original research while also sharing their commitment to teaching the nation’s best and brightest students.

The latest U.S. News rankings follow the most recent report from The Princeton Review, which named TU as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, citing the school’s “superior learning environment.” TU was also listed by the publication as one of the best 120 colleges in the western U.S.

Student surveys in The Princeton Review play a prominent role in their methodology, and its profile on TU shows students praising the university’s close connection between students and top faculty. One student noted, “The faculty and staff at TU seem to take a personal interest in the students here. They are accessible and love to help students in any way possible, not only academically, but professionally and personally as well.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings and The Princeton Review guidebook 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 at www.usnews.com or The Princeton Review at www.princetonreview.com.

David Hamby