UConn Now in Top 25 of Public Universities
(Released: August 22, 2003)
By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- UConn has broken into the ranks of the top
25 public universities in the nation, jumping six places in
the U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is
the top public university in New England.
UConn is ranked number 25 among public universities, tied
with Miami University of Ohio. Last year, UConn was in a
six-way tie for the 31st spot.
"The rankings confirm the decisions high-achieving
Connecticut students and their parents, and increasingly,
top out-of-state students and parents, are making about the
University, " said M. Dolan Evanovich, vice provost for
enrollment services."Every trend line for UConn has been
upward, and the gains made in just the last year alone are
dramatic. The momentum is continuing and accelerating."
The U.S. News rankings are based on data from last
fall. However, data from this fall show even more progress,
Evanovich said the real measures of success at UConn
include the fact that average freshman SAT scores this fall
jumped 20 points.
"That is a huge one-year increase, and continues a trend of
increasing scores begun six years ago, with the
implementation of the UCONN 2000 program that is physically
transforming the University, " he said. Applications for
this year's freshman class were up 28 percent this year
and, for the first time, out-of-state applications
outnumbered in-state applications. The freshman class
remains 70 percent Connecticut students, but the increasing
number of applications demonstrates that the University is
receiving widespread recognition.
Other measures of UConn's success include:
Increasingly competitive admissions. In 1995, 70 percent
of the students who applied were admitted. This fall,
only 53 percent were accepted.
Increasing demand for admissions, with a 58 percent
increase in freshman admissions at Storrs since 1995.
Regional campus enrollment this year is up 10 percent.
Increasing admission of students of color. This year's
freshman class includes 18 percent, compared with 16
percent last year.
In addition, Evanovich is expecting at least 60
valedictorians and salutatorians to enroll this fall.
The University is completing UCONN 2000 this year, and next
year will begin 21st Century UConn. Together the
two programs represent an unprecedented $2.3 billion
investment in the University's infrastructure that is in
great part responsible for the University's ability to
attract a high-achieving, increasingly diverse student
body. The continuing building program is a measure of
demand for University programs and the strong response the
marketplace has had to the University
Among publics, UConn at 25th is again the top-ranked public
university in New England, ahead of the University of
Massachusetts and the University of Vermont, tied at 42nd,
and the University of New Hampshire, ranked 44th. The
Universities of Maine and Rhode Island are not on the list
of the top 63 public universities.
The rankings this year put UConn at 64th overall, tied with
Boston University and Miami University of Ohio, among both
private and public doctoral degree-granting universities
In other rankings, two of UConn's professional schools are
in the top 100 of public doctoral degree-granting schools.
The School of Business ranked number 46 (in an 18-way tie),
and the School of Engineering ranked 84th in a 14-way tie.
UConn's real estate program ranked seventh in the nation as
an undergraduate business specialty.
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