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1997-1998

WPI Among Top 50 National Universities in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Aug. 21, 1997
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, Mass. -- WPI moved up to the top 50 National Universities as reported in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges. The Sept. 8 issue will be on newstands this coming Monday, Sept. 1, and ranks WPI 48th, tied with two other universities.

Since moving from the top Regional University category several years ago to the National University rankings WPI had been listed in Tier 2 , an alphabetical listing from 50-115, tied at 51st. "We can all feel proud of our ranking and of WPI," says WPI Provost John F. Carney III. "It's very gratifying that WPI is finally receiving some of the national recognition it deserves."

The rankings are based on a methodology that places weights on academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, value added, and alumni giving rate.

The U.S. News press release also announced that WPI was among the top national institutions with Best College Values at 36th. This ranking lists colleges that relate the cost of attending an institution to its quality. As U.S. News noted, these "best values are calculated in relation to a school's discounted price (tuition plus room, board, fees, books and estimated personal expenses, minus the average of need-based grants)." 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 in the quality rankings are considered.

WPI was also listed as 7th among the national universities with the highest proportion of engineering majors. Additional information on the rankings can be found at the U.S. News & World Report World Wide Web site.