If you watch Carolina’s ups and downs in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, you may have noticed by now that there aren’t any.
For the eighth straight year, UNC ranks fifth among the nation’s best public universities, according to the magazine.
California-Berkeley remains the top-ranked school, and for the eighth year in a row the rest of the top five are Virginia, UCLA and Michigan.
Carolina ranked 30th when included with private universities, down from 28th last year. The same 25 private and five public schools have appeared in the magazine’s top 30 spots for the past five years. Duke ranks eighth, and Wake Forest 28th on that list.
“We find value in assessing the various measures that determine such rankings,” said Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86. “In the case of U.S. News, we are most interested in results from areas including faculty resources and student success. Our focus is on retaining and attracting excellent faculty.”
The new rankings appear in the 2009 edition of the magazine’s America’s Best Colleges guidebook and can be found in detail online. The Sept. 1 edition of the magazine and the guidebook will hit newsstands early the week of Aug. 25.
The rankings are based on a formula factoring in responses to opinion surveys about academic quality from peer campus presidents, provosts or admissions officials. Objective data covers areas such as student graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
Other U.S. News rankings this year assessed academic quality and affordability, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, undergraduate business school programs and innovative undergraduate education programs. UNC ranked:
The magazine also noted about Carolina:
U.S. News listed UNC among the “programs to look for,” highlighting outstanding academic programs that lead to student success. UNC’s undergraduate research/creative projects and service learning program appeared on the list of exemplary examples.
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