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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, said Evanovich.

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 nationally.

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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