UConn Climbs in U.S. News Rankings
By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut has jumped
10 places to
number 28 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the
best public universities in
the nation and is again the top-ranked New England public university,
according to the latest listings of the nation's best colleges released
Thursday, September 6 by the magazine.
"We are pleased with the increase in our ranking and to be listed
among the top 30 public universities nationally," says Chancellor
John D. Petersen. " But as
pleased as we are with our U.S. News ranking, the real
measure of our success is the fact that so many outstanding students
are now making UConn their first
choice. UConn is in the midst of a remarkable transformation that is
making us an extremely attractive educational option for high-achieving
Since 1997, freshman enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent; minority
freshmen enrollment has grown 58 percent; and average SAT scores are up
UConn climbed more places in this year's U.S. News ranking
than any other institution included among the top 50 public universities
nationally. The University is
one of few institutions in the Northeast to make the ranking of the top
national public universities. The National Science Foundation estimates
that there are 292
public universities in the nation.
Each year, U.S. News rates about 1,400 accredited four-year
colleges, based on a survey of the school's academic reputation among
high-ranking officials of
other colleges and data including retention and graduation rates, faculty
resources, student selectivity, and alumni giving.
Although there is recognition of the subjectivity of college rankings,
Dolan Evanovich, associate provost for enrollment management, says the
influence students and their families in choosing a college. "Sales of
the annual rankings issue of U.S. News dwarf those of any
other issue of the magazine," he
says. "Because we know students and parents do consider the rankings,
we are pleased to be ranked among the top 30 universities and first among
Petersen cited other indicators of UConn's success including:
- Renewed emphasis on undergraduate education with a new
high-technology School of Business building and a new Marine
Sciences Building in Avery
Point, both opening this fall; new programs including first year
experience courses, a special program for students with undecided
majors, and a new mentor
program for students.
- New residence halls, including the new Hilltop dormitory which has
suites for students, and the Hilltop Apartments for juniors and seniors,
both of which
opened this fall and are part of a program to invigorate campus life.
- A new approach to student services that includes renovation of the
Wilbur Cross Building into a "one-stop-shopping" center for student business
- Growth of overall enrollment of 14 percent over the last five years.
The University's goal of having 25,000 students by 2005 will be met by 2002.
- Recruitment of an impressive class of new faculty. In addition,
20 percent of the hires in the last five years have been minorities.
- Tremendous growth in private annual gifts to the University from
$8 million to $50 million annually in just six years. In addition, total
assets of the UConn
Foundation have grown from $65 million to more than $251 million during the
last six years.
- A 62 percent increase in research funding in the last five years.
- Completion of more than five years of the $1 billion, 10-year
UConn 2000 program to renew, enhance, and rebuild the campuses. To date,
the program is
responsible for completion of 40 new buildings, 18 renovated buildings,
and refurbishment of more than 80 classrooms. This fall alone, $170
million in projects
were completed. In addition, a hotel conference center, The Nathan Hale
Inn and Conference Center, will open in Storrs in October.
The Waterbury campus
will be completed in a new downtown location by 2003. The new football stadium,
under construction in East Hartford, will be completed in time for UConn's
- Athletic success includes a national championship men's soccer
team last fall, and outstanding teams in men's and women's basketball,
women's soccer, field
hockey, and track, among others. In a study reported in the Chronicle of
Higher Education, UConn was one of only 36 universities in the
considered to be in compliance with the requirements of Title IX.
September 2001 Releases