TU again ranked among top 100 national research universities

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Remains highest-rated university in Oklahoma

U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges has ranked The University of Tulsa #86 among the best national research universities in the country.

This marks the 11th consecutive year that TU has been listed in the top 100 national universities. TU remains Oklahoma’s highest rated university and is in a five-way tie at #86 overall.

The U.S. News 2014 rankings, released on Sept. 10, highlighted several strengths for TU including small class sizes, freshman retention and entrance exam scores.

"We are proud of our top 100 standing in this latest publication, but we are equally proud of our dedication to service learning – a criteria not measured by U.S. News," said university President Steadman Upham. "TU students are national leaders in this area, providing thousands of hours of support to our own community and to people in need around the globe through our True Blue Neighbors program and through organizations such as Engineers Without Borders."

TU remains committed to the standards that have solidified its standing in the top 100: scholarly students, top-notch faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. During the past year, the university has added academic programs, welcomed record enrollment and opened another new building, Stephenson Hall, which houses the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. TU continues to produce more recipients of nationally competitive scholarships than all other Oklahoma universities combined.

TU also landed on the U.S. News list of top 10 colleges where merit aid is most common, providing the highest percentage among all national doctoral universities. Merit aid and need-based aid can help offset higher education costs. The latter is based on financial need, something dependent students have little control over, but the former is typically a reward for strong academics.

The U.S. News report also reveals evidence of TU’s personal learning environment; just 2 percent of TU’s classes contain 50 or more students. Only three other top 100 schools reported a lower percentage in this category: Fordham University, University of San Diego and Yeshiva University.

Mona Chamberlin