Case Western Reserve University maintained its position as one of the nation’s top 50 universities this year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue. The magazine also reported that the Case School of Engineering climbed five notches to rank 40th this year.
“I am pleased that U.S. News &World Report continues to recognize the strength of our academic programs and dedication to providing undergraduates a rich learning experience,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We have begun making significant strides in admissions, research and alumni outreach, and I am confident that this progress will be reflected in coming years.”
Case Western Reserve’s 2011 ranking of 41 matched its showing for the previous three years. It also marked the 15th consecutive year that it is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 among national universities. The magazine’s rankings showed that the university improved its standing in several aspects of student selectivity, faculty resources, and alumni outreach. For example, the university’s ranking for alumni giving climbed from 59 to 46 this year, reflecting growth in the proportion of graduates who contribute to the university. Earlier this month, the university announced that giving in 2010-2011 totaled $115.5 million, a new record for the second-highest attainment in the university’s history.
“All of us at Case Western Reserve are gratified by the generosity of our alumni and friends,” Snyder said. “We appreciate that the breadth of this support also is recognized by U.S. News.”
In addition to the Case School of Engineering’s improved ranking, the university’s undergraduate business program ranked among the nation’s best. The Weatherhead School of Management ranked 34th this year, down three spots from 2010.
Full rankings can be accessed online. The print version of the 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Aug. 24.
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