Miami jumps to second place (first among publics) in U.S. News rankings for commitment to undergraduate teaching

University moves into the top 30 among national public universities

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Miami ranks No. 2 in U.S. News for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

written by Carole Johnson, university news and communications,

Miami University is second in the nation for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, per the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 rankings. Miami tied with the College of William and Mary, behind only Princeton.

Miami and William and Mary share the No.1 public spot. Only nine national universities are noted for such faculty commitment. Miami has appeared in the top three on this list for the past five years. 

In the list of best public national universities, Miami ranks 30th, up one spot from last year. Overall, Miami ranks 76 among both private and public universities.

“To be recognized among the very best in the nation for our intense focus on undergraduate teaching and student success affirms our student-centered mission. Our faculty and staff truly have an unwavering commitment to students in both curricular and co-curricular life," said Miami President David Hodge.

Miami’s College of Engineering and Computing moved up to No. 29, from 30 last year. Miami ranks 11th among Best Colleges for Veterans. In addition, the Farmer School of Business ranks No. 62.

The magazine uses a variety of factors in creating the rankings including undergraduate academic reputation (22.5 percent), student retention (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent).

Earlier this summer, The Princeton Review ranked Miami as one of the nation’s best schools for undergraduate education.