National Magazines Give University of Virginia High Marks

Aug. 18, 2006 — Two national magazines gave the University of Virginia high marks in their annual college editions published this week.

In U.S. News & World Report’s annual college ranking edition, U.Va. was again No. 2 among 162 national public universities. U.Va. has been either No. 1 or No. 2 in every year since U.S. News made public universities a separate category 10 years ago.

The University is tied with the University of Michigan for No. 24 overall among 248 national universities, public and private, ranked by U.S. News.

In other U.S. News categories, the University’s McIntire School of Commerce was tied for No. 1 in the Best Business Programs category while U.Va.’s School of Engineering and Applied Science was in a five-way tie for the No. 34 spot among Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

On the magazine’s list of "Great Values," which combines the quality of the academic program and net cost of attendance, U.Va. ranked No. 17 overall and second among public institutions.

The University of Virginia's College at Wise, which was ranked in the fourth tier of National Liberal Arts colleges, topped the list of colleges whose students graduate with the least amount of debt.

Meanwhile, Newsweek magazine cited U.Va. as one of 25 "New Ivies," those colleges "whose first-rate academic programs, combined with a population boom in top students, have fueled their rise in stature and favor among the nation's top students, administrators and faculty — edging them to a competitive status rivaling the Ivy League.”

The 25 institutions listed by Newsweek were selected on the basis of admissions statistics as well as interviews with administrators, students, faculty and alumni.

John A. Blackburn, U.Va. dean of admission, said that the recognition from the two national publications "reaffirms what we have thought about the University of Virginia.

"It's clear that the quality of our students is on the same level as those anywhere in the country, including the Ivies," said Blackburn.

Blackburn added that U.Va.'s Class of 2010, which arrives on Grounds Aug. 19, will be the strongest that the University has ever enrolled.