UM Solidifies Top-Tier Standing in Latest U.S. News Rankings

UM Ranked in the Top 50 for the Fourth Year in a Row

Coral Gables (September 17, 2012) — For the fourth year in a row the University of Miami has ranked in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges issue. UM comes in at No. 44 in the National Universities category, dropping from last year’s No. 38 ranking but retaining its position as the No. 1 ranked school in Florida and solidifying its status as a top-tier national institution.

“The University of Miami continues to be solidly situated within the top tier of national universities,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM executive vice president and provost. “Having been ranked among the top 50 for the last four years, we will continue to work toward our strategic goals in all areas and to build on the remarkable achievements we’ve made over the last decade.”

UM continued to improve in two of the measures used to help determine the rankings, posting an SAT average score of 1315 (the highest in the institution’s history) for its freshman class and an improved student selectivity ranking of 39, up from 42.

U.S. News & World Report assessed more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities, assigning each to a group of its peers based on the categories of higher education institutions developed in 2010 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The National Universities category consists of 281 institutions (173 pubic, 101 private, and seven for-profit) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees, with some emphasizing research.

UM’s top-50 ranking comes on the heels of the UM Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s being rated the nation’s No. 1 ophthalmology program for the ninth consecutive year in U.S. News’s annual Best Hospitals rankings.

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