U.S. News and World Report released its latest Best Colleges rankings today, and Ohio University moved up a notch as a top national university.
Ohio University continues to be one of Ohio's top public universities. Nationwide, Ohio University placed 57th among the ranked public national universities. Overall, Ohio University placed 115th in the full national university list, up from 116th last year.
"It's gratifying to see that the rankings once again recognize Ohio University as among the nation's best," President Roderick J. McDavis said. "The strong predictors, which were ranked by counselors at the nation's best high schools, speak to our passion and commitment to help our students fulfill their potential. That says volumes about our university community and its focus on student success."
In a separate ranking, U.S. News again asked counselors from high schools it rated as "America's Best" to evaluate more than 260 national universities for their quality of education. Ohio University ranked 89th.
According to the U.S. News graduation performance measure, Ohio University's actual graduation rate is 16 percent higher than predicted, placing it sixth for graduation rate performance among national universities and liberal arts colleges. Ohio University's actual graduation rate is 70 percent.
A national university, for purposes of the U.S. News rankings, is a doctoral-degree-granting institution with broad undergraduate offerings. U.S. News also ranks liberal-arts, master's-level and baccalaureate-only institutions. Data used in this year's rankings are from 2008 and earlier.
The value and accuracy of the rankings have been the subject of debate over the last few years, with some institutions declining to participate.
McDavis points out that Ohio University has a focus on providing strong undergraduate education and excellence in select graduate and research areas. It also presents students with broad opportunities for putting education into action in the field and participating in research.
"We remain a very competitive institution that serves promising students from all over Ohio and beyond," he said. "That is important to us and to our state."