'Hot School' Finds Warm Place in National Rankings

'Hot School' Finds Warm Place in National Rankings

Two weeks after being named one of the "12 Hottest Schools" by Kaplan/Newsweek, Boston College retained its position among the nation's top 40 universities in the 2002 US News & World Report rankings, placing 40th in the Best National Universities-Doctoral category.

For the third straight year, the US News list pegged Princeton University as the nation's top school, besting Harvard, Yale, California Institute of Technology and Duke. The other top 10 finishers were MIT, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth and Columbia.

BC returned to US News' Best Value List, placing 47th. The list, called "Great Schools at Great Prices," is determined by a formula that relates academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving an average level of need-based financial aid. Boston College now guarantees that full financial need for all entering freshmen will be met.

In addition to the US News and Kaplan/Newsweek rankings, BC garnered another honor as the Carroll School of Management broke into the coveted Wall Street Journal Top 50 Business Schools List. CSOM placed 48th in the survey of the nation's business recruiters, who rated schools on 26 attributes designed to measure satisfaction with a program's graduate. Dartmouth College's Tuck School, University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University were the top three on the list, which also included eight schools from other countries.

The Carroll School's undergraduate program also was ranked 31st among the nation's best business schools and its finance program 13th among specialty business programs by US News.

"Boston College improved in several measurement categories for US News including financial resources, percentage of full-time faculty, alumni giving rate, percentage of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, freshmen retention rate, and graduation rate," said Dean of Enrollment Management Robert Lay.

"Unfortunately, given the company we keep among the nation's elite universities, this progress was not enough for us to maintain last year's standing of 38th. However, we anticipate a rebound in next year's ranking given our current year increases in selectivity, and our projected improvements in our already high graduation rate," said Lay.

-Jack Dunn  

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