The University of Nevada, Reno is again ranked in the top tier of "best national universities" by U.S. News and World Report.
Of the nation's thousands of universities and colleges, U.S. News surveys more than 1,600 through its ranking process. Schools in U.S. News' "best national universities" category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, masters and doctoral degrees and are committed to a productive research program.
"Continuing as a top-tier educational offering among the 'best national universities' makes an important statement about this University," Marc Johnson, University President, said. "The measures behind this ranking touch on several aspects of performance. Our top-tier ranking is an indication of the quality and value we offer students, and about our faculty's world-improving research and the continued contributions of University staff."
The U.S. News' measures include graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity and preparedness, financial resources, alumni giving, reputation based on input of high-school counselors and a peer-assessment survey with university leaders nationally. There are 202 universities ranked in the 2014 top tier, and the University of Nevada, Reno is ranked No. 194.
In addition to the University's overall ranking, the College of Engineering and the College of Business are again ranked among the "best colleges" in this year's survey of undergraduate programs.
The University's College of Engineering is ranked by U.S. News both as one of the "best colleges" for its undergraduate programs and, announced in the spring, as a "best grad school." In the 2014 category of "best colleges" for undergraduate engineering programs, the College of Engineering is ranked No. 139. To be ranked, the highest degree awarded must be a doctoral degree and the college must have at least one accredited program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Seven of the University's College of Engineering programs are ABET accredited.
The University's College of Business is ranked No. 256 in the category of "best colleges" for its undergraduate business programs. To be ranked, the college or program must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The College of Business is also listed in the Princeton Review Best Business Schools guidebook based on the quality of the college's part-time MBA Program, which is currently ranked number 24 in the country by Businessweek.
Last spring the University achieved a strong showing in the annual rankings of the best graduate programs by U.S. News. Three schools - the College of Engineering, College of Education and University of Nevada School of Medicine - were ranked among the nation's best. An additional 24 program areas also were ranked among the nation's best.
The University of Nevada, Reno is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a high research, comprehensive doctoral university with balanced arts and sciences undergraduate instruction. U.S. News uses the Carnegie classifications to determine its ranking categories, including the designation of national universities.
While rankings serve as a supplemental source of information for prospective students and their families, when it comes to selecting a college or university to attend the University's Office of Prospective Students encourages first-hand research and campus visits to understand the learning environment, campus personality, range of degree offerings and financial aid opportunities.