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Iowa State gains in U.S.News & World Report rankings

Iowa State University remains among the nation's best public universities in U.S.News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings, released Aug. 20 at: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex_brief.php. The print edition of "America's Best Colleges" hits newsstands on Monday, Aug. 23.

ISU ranks 38th among 126 public national universities that grant doctoral degrees, up from 41st last year.

Iowa State ranks 84th among 248 national universities (doctoral), up from 87 the previous year. That overall ranking is based on seven factors: peer assessment, financial resources, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rate and alumni giving rate.

The report's discipline- and program-based rankings are based on personal assessment of deans and senior faculty. In those rankings:

  • U.S.News ranked best undergraduate engineering programs at schools whose highest degree is doctorate. ISU ranks 33rd among 126 accredited engineering and technology programs, up from 34th the previous year.
  • Iowa State's agricultural engineering program ranked third among the 12 schools nominated to offer the best programs in engineering specialty areas.
  • Iowa State is among 26 universities having the best learning communities. College officers were asked to nominate institutions with stellar examples of the program, and the schools mentioned most were listed in alphabetical order.

Learning communities

A learning community is a small group of students who take courses together and may live together (or near each other) in the same residence hall. Learning communities were started at Iowa State in 1995 by faculty and staff who wanted to improve undergraduate teaching and the learning experience for their students. Today, there are more than 50 learning communities at Iowa State, and 43 percent of entering first-year students participate.

One-year retention, on average, is 8 percent higher for learning community students. Two- and three-year retention rates, on average, are 12 percent higher for learning community students. Four-year graduation rates have been 14 percent higher, on average, for these students.