September 12, 2012

A&M No. 2 Among Public Universities In U.S. News “Great Schools, Great Prices” Rankings

academic buildingTexas A&M University is the only public university in Texas to rank among the top 50 national universities in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of the 2013 ratings by U.S. News & World Report – and it maintains its overall second-place ranking in that key assessment of national public institutions.

Mays Business School at Texas A&M moved up significantly in both overall and public university rankings, jumping eight places among undergraduate business programs at national public universities and 12 places overall – to tie at 14th and 24th, respectively. It shares 14th place in the public category with the University of Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan State and the University of Washington. Overall, Boston College and Batson College, both private institutions, join in the 24th-place rankings.

Texas A&M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering advanced to eighth place among engineering programs at national public universities – one place higher than last year. It is tied with Penn State and Virginia Tech in that category. Texas A&M is tied for 16th place overall in engineering programs at national universities, with Rice University also sharing in that ranking.

Texas A&M remains among the top 25 public universities overall in the annual rankings announced by the magazine in advance of its “Best Colleges” guidebook that is scheduled to be on newsstands Sept. 18, according to an announcement by the publication’s editors. As in previous years, the publication’s “national universities” rankings are dominated by private universities. Texas A&M is tied for 23rd place among publics, sharing that distinction with Purdue University, and is tied for 65th overall – with Purdue and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  The University of California at Berkeley is the top-ranked public university, with an overall ranking of 21st, and Harvard University is the overall leader.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the only public university to rank higher than Texas A&M in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Texas A&M is ranked 19th overall and is joined by Rice, at 10th place, as the only ranked Texas institutions in that category.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said he is pleased to see Texas A&M recognized once again on a “best value” basis and to have both its business and engineering programs advance this year and be rated among the best in the nation.

“I am delighted to see that Texas A&M continues to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its lofty status in balancing value and quality of education,” Loftin said. “Overall, there are obviously many measures of what constitutes a great university, but we are delighted that the editors of the magazine acknowledge that Texas A&M continues to stand out as an institution that is among the very best nationally for offering a high-quality education at an affordable cost.

“It’s certainly gratifying to see that both our engineering and business programs are being increasingly recognized for their high academic quality,” Loftin continued. “We are fully committed to reaching the goals set forth in our Vision 2020 long-range study and will continue to strengthen and enhance our high academic standards and work to be recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the country by the year 2020.”

Dean Jerry Strawser of the Mays Business School and Dean M. Katherine Banks of the Dwight Look College of Engineering joined Loftin in citing the academic advancements in their two programs, both of which also rank among the largest in the nation in their respective areas.

“We are obviously pleased with our movement forward in the recent U.S. News rankings,” said Mays Business School Dean Jerry Strawser. “To be recognized among the top business schools in the country is an honor, and reflects the high quality of our students and faculty and the success of our students upon graduation.”

“We are pleased to be ranked eighth among all public engineering institutions and acknowledged for our place among the national leaders in engineering education,” said Dean Banks, who also serves as vice chancellor for engineering for The Texas A&M University System. “Providing our students with a quality education is our highest priority and recognition such as this is a source of great pride for our current and former students.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are the latest results showing that Texas A&M is continuing to attract positive attention at the national level.

Washington Monthly ranked Texas A&M second among all U.S. universities — public or private – in its rankings announced last month. That publication bases its ratings in large part on universities’ contributions to the public interest through endeavors such as service programs and research that drives economic growth. Texas A&M’s ranking by that publication is higher than any other institution in Texas.

The review that continues to attract the most attention is one in which The Wall Street Journal credited Texas A&M with ranking second nationally on the basis of employers’ satisfaction in hiring graduates of institutions throughout the nation.

Business and engineering are the only broad-based programs included in the U.S. News rankings of undergraduate programs. Graduate school ratings, published in a separate issue, cover more areas of study.


Media contact: Lane Stephenson, News & Information Services at (979) 845-4662

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17 Comments to A&M No. 2 Among Public Universities In U.S. News “Great Schools, Great Prices” Rankings

  1. I really don’t think this is good news for us since our overall ranking fell from 58 to 65, and I really don’t care about being a great value school either.

  2. H20 on September 12th, 2012
  3. Falling from 19th to 23rd for top Public Universities isn’t good news either.

  4. Chavez on September 12th, 2012
  5. Some of us aren’t as fortunate to have so much money around to throw, H20. I’m glad and fortunate to be able to study at such a wonderful University at a great price.

  6. Gecko on September 12th, 2012
  7. “I really don’t think this is good news for us since our overall ranking fell from 58 to 65, and I really don’t care about being a great value school either.”

    We did not fall, the article above just did not take into account that there are several institutions that are tied in multiple rankings. We are at the top of the tie list at 58 with Univ. of Florida, Univ. of Pittsburgh, and Univ. Connecticut below us. There are many other ties above us that brings the actual number on the list to where we are at 65, but not ranked 65th. Also, you guys shouldn’t be concerned with how a ranking website rates A&M. It’s what you get out of the education here and what you do with it that matters. Everyone at A&M knows you’re going to get the best education having firsthand experienced it, so don’t let a website ranking convince you otherwise. Little side note by the way, I’ve talked with several students who have been to A&M in addition to other prestigious schools for graduate and undergraduate and they said they’ve gotten much more out of A&M than any other school they attended.

  8. Greg on September 12th, 2012
  9. We were tied last year with about 12 other schools at 58. Some of the schools moved up maybe one spot and that pushed us all the way down to 65. We are still about the same as last year.

  10. 99 Luftballoons Ag on September 12th, 2012
  11. So much about the Aggie Education doesn’t involve classwork, but rather “the other education” that is offered in abundance at A&M and is sorely lacking at other institutions. I’d much rather have my well-rounded degree and college experience from A&M that ANY other school ranked above us.

  12. Bill on September 12th, 2012
  13. It’s probably a sad reality, but when we start winning in football…we will move up. Just look at our history.

  14. Michael Hoyt on September 12th, 2012
  15. I am pleased to see that engineering has gone up. Our standing is one of the main reasons, the other main one being cost, that I chose to come to this school. I would argue that price from my peon level seems steep to me, but I have little in comparison to other universities. I can say that two semester here will cost more than my AS degree cost me total. Again a big Aggie WHOOOP to all former and current students who made it possible for us to be thought better of in the nation.

  16. Dryden on September 13th, 2012
  17. It’s sad to think that they Universities are able to trick the students the way they do considering you are supposedly taught to be intellectual people. You are so caught up in everything else that you are being distracted from the main points.

    A University is the only place I can think of in the world where you pay to be told how stupid you are (duh that’s why I came here), that you aren’t suppose to be in this field of study (I chose the school to teach me to become what I want not what they want), go do it by yourself because it’s not like the university/professor will help you because they are too busy with a ton of other students or research, etc. Instead of treating you like the paying customer that you are, you are treated mostly with ill respect and told to wait in line and put on the back burner as if your time and money are worthless to them while in reality we are the reason that they exist. The Universities and students need to wake up because this would never be tolerated in any other place because the moment you treat a paying customer like that you lose their business/your job.

    Wake up Aggies and start looking at the core issues.

  18. Aubrey S. on September 13th, 2012
  19. I really don’t know how rankings are made up – but I disagree with where you are. I also doubt most of the facts. Off to Trophy Club CC I go.

  20. Boyd on September 13th, 2012
  21. Texas A&M is a state university whose mission is to provide an excellent, quality education at a price that allows many Texans, and non-Texans, to attend and succeed. So quality/value is very important. As a Class of ’73 Engineering grad, I’m proud of the progress made by the Depts of Engr and Business and the overall explosion in progress made since I graduated. Gig ‘em.

  22. Dave K on September 14th, 2012
  23. U.S. News and World Reports publish university rankings to SELL MAGAZINES.

    This is the reason you will see a school drop 10 to 20 places in a year. They are still the same school but there has to be movement in the rankings or it is difficult to peddle their product.

    Texas A&M is a TIER ONE UNIVERSITY because we are a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). We are a chosen university–one of 61 out of about 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States to be a member. Hard to get into and even harder to remain a member.

    We are not chopped liver. We need to be proud of what has been accomplished by our university. We also need to continue to work to improve all areas to maintain our status as a Tier One.

  24. Spencer Bulger on September 14th, 2012
  25. Yep. 20th, 30th, maybe even 40th; but 65th overall for the overall college ranking is pretty bad. There is a plenitude of things to fix such as the high faculty/student ratio, low 4-year graduation rate, and low selectivity of applicants.

  26. daniel c on September 15th, 2012
  27. So what vision 2020 was to be in the top 10 public schools in the nation and A&M is dropping but we feel the need to brag about what a great value we are? I would rather brag about how we are getting closer to our goals but since the administration has failed to move in a positive direction we get to read about stuff like this, pathetic.

  28. Sunshine on September 19th, 2012
  29. Im so grateful to A&M for allowing me to come and get a top quality education. No other university could entice me to leave.

  30. aggiebreeder on September 20th, 2012
  31. Congratulations to Texas A&M. The so-called critical thinkers engaged in this forum are caught up discussing a snapshot comparison. I challenge Aubrey S. to further define the core issues in something other than run-on sentences and shallow pablum. An A&M education is in high demand, and like other such commodities it will continue to face challenges of over-consumption. THAT is a good problem to have. The inexorable progression over the last few decades is remarkable. Furthermore, reports such as these inform a national audience of prospective students, not just a Texas audience. Thanks to military service, I have lived outside of Texas for two decades. I cherish the FACT that others now respect Texas A&M as much for academic prowess as leadership development and athletics. I look forward to next year’s edition and will continue to support the Aggieland experience.

  32. Joker on September 20th, 2012
  33. You guys are the best!!! No matter what the numbers say. You cover many aspects others don’t. Being a great professional and human been is not only about “instruction” is about “evolving” in all areas!

  34. Georgina Melendez on September 21st, 2012
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