University moves up two spots in U.S. News & World Report rankings

COLUMBUS – According to the U.S. News & World Report 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges released today, The Ohio State University has been named 19th among the nation’s top 50 public universities, up from 21st in 2005, 22nd in 2004 and 2003, and 24th in 2002.

“This is the latest evidence of the clear, steady increase in the academic reputation of this great university,” said Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook.

While noting that competition is intense to be among the top 20 public universities, Holbrook said the rankings reflect the dedication of many. “This accomplishment is a reflection of the talent and efforts of our faculty and students. We can also credit our alumni, friends and partners at the community, state and federal level for their continued strong support.”

The rankings are based on peer assessment (25 percent of the score); retention (20 percent); faculty resources (20 percent); student selectivity (15 percent); financial resources (10 percent); graduation rate performance (5 percent); and alumni giving rate (5 percent).

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