LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas improved two spots to 56th among public universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, released today.
This is the second straight year that KU has gone up by two spots in the rankings among public schools. The university also moved up one spot to 121st among all universities.
“We appreciate that prospective students and their families may look to these rankings, and we always prefer to increase our standing,” said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. “Still, we remain focused on our own measures of success. We continue to refine those measures through our ongoing university strategic planning and Higher Learning Commission accreditation processes.”
Other items of note from this year’s ranking include the following:
- KU’s School of Nursing ranks 22nd among public schools and 29th among all universities.
- KU’s School of Business is ranked 42nd among publics, and the School of Engineering is ranked 51st among publics.
- KU ranked 53rd among public schools in the Best Colleges for Veterans rankings, an increase of three spots from the previous year’s rank.
- KU is ranked 22nd among public schools in the Best Value Schools rankings.
The magazine publishes its “Best Colleges” rankings each fall. The rankings are different from the graduate school rankings, which are published each spring. In the most recent edition of the graduate school rankings, KU had 11 graduate programs in the top 10 and 51 programs in the top 50 among public universities.