WPI Again Ranked Among the Best

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Septermber 14, 1999
Contact: Neil Norum, WPI Media & Community Relations

U.S. News & World Report again has WPI ranked 51st among the top U.S. national universities of the U.S. and among the top in best values offered. The magazine's "America's Best Colleges," dated Aug. 30, listed WPI at the top of Tier 2. Caltech took over first place from Harvard, this year's second place. The national universities category includes 228 national colleges and universities. This category was developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The universities offer a full range of undergraduate majors, as well as master's and doctoral degrees; many strongly emphasize research. The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures of quality according to the magazine. Scores for each measure are weighted as follows: academic reputation, 25 percent; graduation and retention rates, 20 percent; faculty resources, 20 percent; student selectivity, 15 percent; financial resources, 10 percent; alumni giving, 5 percent; and graduation rate performance (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rate), 5 percent.

WPI was also among the top 20 national universities with the highest proportion of classes under 20 with 69 percent, tied with three other schools.

In the magazine's "Best Values" issue dated Sept. 6, WPI was among the top 50 of the national universities, tied for 36th with Brown and Pepperdine. This category only considers those colleges in the top half of the U.S. News rankings and are therefore above average academically. These rankings relate the cost of attending an institution to its quality and were devised to provide a realistic measure of where students can get the best education for their money. The top university in this ranking was the University of Missouri (Columbia).

U.S. News has brought back rankings of business and engineering schools, last published in 1996. There are 182 schools that offer Ph.D. degrees in engineering. To arrive at this ranking the magazine asked deans and senior faculty to rate the academic quality of peer institutions in their disciplines. WPI placed 52nd tied with six other universities. MIT placed first.

WPI is also listed in The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2000, the top-rated guide to the best colleges in America with 300 other colleges, and in The Princeton Review, The Best 331 Colleges.