Carnegie Mellon Maintains Standing Among Best Universities, Says U.S. News & World Report
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Carnegie Mellon Maintains Standing Among Best Universities, Says U.S. News & World Report

Carnegie Mellon University ranks 23rd and its undergraduate programs in engineering and business rank among the 10 best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges." The 2004 edition hits newsstands Friday, Aug. 22.

"Carnegie Mellon's showing in national rankings continues to be very strong. Surveys are just one measure of the overall excellence of our educational programs and confirm something we know—that Carnegie Mellon and its many graduate and undergraduate programs rank among the best in the nation," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon.

Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate business and engineering programs were ranked seventh and eighth, respectively. U.S. News & World Report ranks engineering and business programs, as well as specialty areas within those disciplines, on an annual basis.

In business specialty offerings, Carnegie Mellon ranked second in management information systems, productions and operations management, and quantitative analysis. In engineering specialties, Carnegie Mellon ranked fourth in computer engineering.

Carnegie Mellon continues to make a strong showing in another magazine "best" category — that of "undergraduate research/creative projects." The magazine lists, but does not rank, universities in this category. Carnegie Mellon has appeared on the "Programs to Look For" in undergraduate research and creative projects since the listing was established last year.

"I'm particularly pleased that Carnegie Mellon's creative efforts in undergraduate education and our vibrant undergraduate research program continue to be recognized as trend setters," Cohon said.

Callout The overall rankings were determined by several measures including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, or spending per student, graduation rate performance, described as the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates, and alumni giving rates, which the magazine describes as an indirect measure of satisfaction.

Harvard University and Princeton University tied for the top spot in the best national university category. Carnegie Mellon ranked 21st overall in last year's rankings. Its business and engineering programs ranked 7th a year ago.

For a complete look at the rankings, visit

Teresa Thomas

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