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UC Rises in the Latest U.S. News Rankings

The University of Cincinnati has again climbed higher in U.S. News and World Report's national rankings and is now 129th among the "Best National Universities," a rise of 27 places in the last five years. The new 2015 edition of U.S. News' annual college guide continues to cite UC’s emphasis on real-world experience.

Date: 9/9/2014 12:01:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
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Photos By: Colleen Kelley

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati ranks among America’s "Best National Universities," according to U.S. News & World Report, and UC's reputation is rising. The latest 2015 issue of the magazine’s influential Best Colleges guide ranks the University of Cincinnati 129th among the top tier of national universities, up from 135th last year.

UC has risen regularly in the U.S. News' rankings. Five years ago, UC entered the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report’s "Best National Universities" list at a rank of 156. Since that time,  UC has risen 27 places on this list.
Stone lion at the entrance of McMicken Hall

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 Office of Institutional Research, which provides the data to U.S. News.

“It is no accident that these data are closely tied to the goals set out in the university’s strategic plans, including Creating Our Third Century and our Academic Master Plan, as well as the recently completed Proudly Cincinnati fundraising campaign,” Mortimer said, adding that UC’s first- to-second-year retention rates have increased from 77 percent to 86 percent over the last 10 years. Over that same period, graduation rates increased nearly 16 percent.

UC’s emphasis on experiential learning earned the university a place among 13 institutions cited for quality internships in a category called “A Focus On Student Success.” Other schools on that list include Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and Purdue University at West Lafayette.

“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.