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UC Continues To Climb In U.S. News Rankings


The newest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide lists the University of Cincinnati among its “Best National Universities,” and continues to cite UC’s emphasis on real-world experience.

Date: 9/12/2012 12:01:00 AM
By: Greg Hand
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UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati ranks among America’s Best National Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, and UC's reputation continues to rise. The latest issue of the magazine’s influential Best Colleges guide ranks the University of Cincinnati 139th among the top tier of national universities, up from 156th in 2010.

At 139th among the Best National Universities, UC is tied with Arizona State University, George Mason University, Kansas State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State University, Oregon State University, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

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UC’s rise in the rankings was spurred by improved graduation rates, improved retention of first-year students, and higher levels of donations from alumni, according to Lee Mortimer, director of UC’s Institutional Research Office.

“It is no accident that these data are closely tied to the goals set out in the UC2019 strategic plan, the Academic Master Plan, and the Proudly Cincinnati fundraising campaign,” Mortimer said.

The University of Cincinnati was also among a dozen schools cited for quality internships in a category called “A Focus On Student Success.”

“Schools nominated in this category require or encourage students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to work in the real world through closely supervised internships or practicums, or through cooperative education, in which one period of study typically alternates with one of work,” according to U.S. News.

The University of Cincinnati is one of America's top 25 public research institutions and the region's largest employer, with a student population of 41,000. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called UC a “research heavyweight.” Forbes and Travel+Leisure magazines have named UC one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. UC was named a “green university” by Princeton Review.