U.S. News 2011 Best Colleges Guide: UCCS seventh in the West, engineering lauded

Undergraduate engineering at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is among the best in the nation and the high-quality of all programs make UCCS among the best public universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine’s editors ranked the UCCS undergraduate engineering program seventh in the nation among public engineering schools offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The magazine’s editors ranked the overall quality of UCCS seventh among public master’s degree-granting Western universities and in the top tier of all Western regional universities.

“We are committed to providing affordable, accessible, high-quality educational opportunities that allow southern Colorado to compete nationally and globally,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “The efforts of faculty, staff, students and the university’s alumni are appreciated and are recognized by these high rankings.”

The rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. The September issue of U.S. News and World Report , to be released Aug. 31, will also provide highlights of how more than 1,400 schools are ranked. The 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Aug. 24.

For the past several years, UCCS ranked in the top tier of all public and private master’s universities in the West and in the top 10 of public universities. Master’s universities provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs and some doctoral degree programs.

The undergraduate engineering program at UCCS was ranked in the same category as U.S. military academies with several ties in the rankings. The top engineering programs at public universities offering bachelor’s or master’s degrees were the U.S. Military Academy, California Polytechnic -San Luis Obispo, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, California Polytechnic -Pomona and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. UCCS tied in the rankings with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Rowan University and the Virginia Military Institute.

The top public Western universities granting master’s degrees were California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Western Washington University, California State University-Long Beach, Evergreen State College and California State University-Chico. UCCS and California Polytechnic-Pomona tied for seventh.

U.S. News college rankings are considered the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education. In ranking more than 1,400 colleges and universities, U.S. News relies on 16 indicators of excellence including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources and alumni giving. More information about the rankings is available at http://www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

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