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MIT Drops Two Spots in Latest College Rankings

By Derrick Carpenter

U.S. News and World Report ranked MIT fifth among national universities this year, dropping it two spots from last year’s ranking.

Among national universities, Princeton University was ranked first, followed by Harvard and Yale Universities, which tied for second. The California Institute of Technology placed fourth, while Stanford University came in sixth.

MIT was ranked first among undergraduate engineering schools with a Ph.D. program and tied the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for second for its undergraduate business program, coming in behind the University of Pennsylvania.

“It is very good that MIT continues to be rated as one of the handful of institutions at the very top of all universities,” said Institute President Charles M. Vest.

Dean for Undergraduate Education Robert Redwine said that “we have many reasons to be proud of MIT’s stature as a world-leading teaching and research institution.”

U.S. News uses 16 pieces of data to calculate rankings, including graduation rate, student-faculty ratio, and financial resources. The primary change made to this year’s methodology was in the weighting of per capita spending, as researchers believe that large endowments in research programs tend to benefit graduate students more than undergraduates.

Vest said that “the hair splitting of actually rank-ordering such disparate institutions is essentially meaningless. MIT is guided by what our faculty believes to be the best curricula and institutional strategies, rather than by magazine rankings.”

In rankings by specific department, MIT placed first in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Institute also ranked first in business programs in management information systems and productions/operations, and tied Carnegie Melon for the top spot in electronic-commerce.

In terms of campus diversity, MIT ranked 7th, with a score of .65 out of a possible 1.

25 percent of the rankings is based on academic reputation, which is compiled from surveys sent to the presidents, provosts, and deans of admission at 228 national universities. Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and MIT all received a score of 4.9.

MIT also placed 8th in the best value list, which relates the average school grant to the average financial responsibility per student.

For more information on the ranking process and a detailed layout of all the ranked schools, visit the U.S. News website at <http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/corank.htm>.