University, C.S.O.M. Ranked Among Top 40

Annual US News & World Report survey released

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

US News & World Report has once again ranked Boston College among the top 40 national universities in America, and has cited the Carroll School of Management as offering one of the nation's best undergraduate business programs.

The University ranked 38th among 229 national universities in the magazine's annual survey of higher education administrators from across the country. Other universities in the top 50 included Yale (1st), Harvard (3rd), Duke (4th) and Brandeis (29th) universities, and the universities of Notre Dame (17th), Michigan-Ann Arbor (24th), Virginia (21st) and Southern California (43rd). BC tied with Case Western Reserve University. The rankings appeared in the Sept. 16 US News issue and its "America's Best Colleges" guide; both were released on Sept. 9.

CSOM is in a seven-way tie for 39th place in the survey of undergraduate business and management programs, which included the universities of Pennsylvania (tied for 1st) and Texas-Austin (tied for 5th), and New York (tied for 11th), Syracuse (tied for 39th) and Boston (tied for 46th) universities, as well as Babson College (32nd) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (tied for 46th).

Administrators said they found encouraging the University's continued success in surveys by US News , which gave Boston College similarly high rankings in the national universities and business program categories for last year's college guide (both were ranked 37th). The magazine also cited the School of Education and Law School in its rankings of top graduate programs earlier this year.

"The latest US News survey clearly indicates Boston College is considered in the outer ring of this country's very elite universities," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ.

"We are pleased to be included once again in the US News rankings," said CSOM Dean John J. Neuhauser. "This does not mean, however, that we are satisfied. We will continue to strengthen our programs and resources, and are confident that US News and others will recognize the Carroll School as offering business and management education of very high quality."

To determine the rankings, US News surveyed 2,730 college and university presidents, deans and admissions directors, who were asked to rank all institutions in the same category as their own. The respondents placed each institution into quartiles based upon its reputation, with four points awarded each time an institution was placed in the top quartile, three for placing in the second, and so on.

These rankings were combined with data on institutions' student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources, retention rate and alumni giving. This year, US News also used as a factor "value added," or the educational value an institution adds between freshman orientation and graduation.

Fr. Neenan said a comparison of individual categories show how far Boston College has progressed in its aim to become a national university. The University ranked 15th among the top 50 in acceptance rate, for example, 24th for SAT/ACT test scores in the 25-75 percentile, and 30th for number of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Conversely, Fr. Neenan added, the survey showed areas the University could address to bolster its standing in the magazine's rankings, such as academic reputation and educational expenditure per student, which includes instruction, student services, and academic and institutional support. Boston College ranked 40th and 44th, respectively, among the top 50 universities in those categories.

"In terms of reputation, for instance, we are now advancing beyond the 'well-kept secret' stage," he said, "but there are still many who do not yet realize how competitive and selective an institution we have become."

Fr. Neenan also pointed to a recent study of admission selectivity among colleges and universities conducted by The Princeton Review as part of its publication The Student Advantage Guide to The Best 310 Colleges . Based on class rank of entering freshmen, test scores, percentage of applicants accepted, and percentage of accepted students who enrolled, Boston College was given a score of 92, which put it in the publication's "Mega Selective" category along with Harvard, Yale and Notre Dame.

"These are certainly positive signs for us to consider as we continue to shape Boston College for the 21st century," Fr. Neenan said.

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