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VOLUME 12, NO. 2     JANUARY 1999

WPI Ranked No. 51 In The Nation

U.S. News & World Report ranked WPI 51st - the top spot in Tier 2 - in the magazine's "America's Best Colleges" annual report. The issue is dated Aug. 31. Harvard, Princeton and Yale placed first among Tier 1 in this category, which includes 228 national colleges and universities. Schools in Tier 2 are listed alphabetically, but statistically WPI sits at the top.

Last year, WPI, Rensselaer and Yeshiva University tied for 48th in Tier 1. In 1995 and 1996, the publication placed WPI in Tier 2. Between 1989 and 1993, WPI was No. 1 four times among regional universities (it placed second in 1990). In 1994, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching changed WPI's status from comprehensive university to doctoral university. Since U.S. News follows the Carnegie classifications, it moved WPI from the regional university category to the national university category.

This year, WPI leaped from 35th to 18th place in the magazine's separate "Best College Values" report. Because U.S. News believes that the best values are found among colleges that are above average academically, only the top half of national institutions are considered for this designation. The rankings, which relate the cost of attending an institution to its quality, were devised to provide a realistic measure of where students can get the best education for their money. Stanford University came out on top in this report.

WPI was also ranked among the top national universities with the highest proportion of classes with less than 20 students.

Provost John F. Carney III expressed satisfaction that WPI was once again positioned with the best of our nation's universities. "There are only a handful of technological universities in the top 51 schools," he said. "These include MIT, Cal Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Institute of Technology, Rensselaer and WPI. It is gratifying for WPI to be recognized nationally for its excellence in academics and research. Our unique academic program is starting to attract a lot of attention nationally and internationally. WPI is no longer a well-kept secret."

Additional information about all the rankings can be found on the Web at

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