August 28, 2009

Vanderbilt ranked among nation’s best universities by U.S. News

Vanderbilt ranked among nation's best universities by U.S. News

Vanderbilt University had its best-ever overall ranking in the history of the U.S. News & World Report survey in rankings released last week by the magazine.

Vanderbilt was ranked No. 17 in the list of best national universities, tied with Emory and Rice universities. It was an improvement from a tie for the No. 18 spot last year.

“Vanderbilt’s academic excellence, built on our strong traditions and values of collaboration and community, increasingly attracts remarkable faculty, students and staff,” said Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.

“We are devoted to our mission of educating leaders and making fundamental discoveries and are always pleased when others recognize our distinctive place among the nation’s great universities.”

Vanderbilt was ranked No. 16 among national universities in the Great Schools, Great Prices category marking it as a good value for its tuition.

The magazine noted that 12 percent of Vanderbilt students receive Pell Grants for low-income students, ranking it in the Top 25 for economic diversity. Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering ranked No. 40, tied with four other schools, among engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate.

Harvard and Princeton universities tied for the No. 1 spot on the best national universities list, followed by Yale University at No. 3 and a four-way tie for No. 4 among California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Vanderbilt has been ranked No. 18 five previous times: 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 1994.

Highlights of the rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands now.