BOSTON — For the second consecutive year, the University of Massachusetts was one of the only public university systems in the nation to have all of its undergraduate campuses ranked as National Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list.
Among all public university systems in the nation, only UMass and the University of California have all of their undergraduate campuses ranked as National Universities and have at least one campus within the top 100, UMass officials said in a news release.
The National University designation is reserved for comprehensive universities that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, and are committed to producing groundbreaking research.
Of more than 3,000 four-year postsecondary institutions in the United States, only 311 universities are recognized with this classification.
“Striving for excellence at UMass ensures that the citizens of Massachusetts have access to world-class public higher education and the Commonwealth benefits from a top-tier research university focused on supporting the economy and workforce of the state,” said President Marty Meehan in a statement. “These rankings demonstrate that our commitment to quality is paying dividends for Massachusetts.”
“These rankings are increasingly important to students and families seeking a strong return on their education investment,” said Rob Manning, chair of the UMass Board of Trustees. “They serve as a third party-validation of what we already know, which is that across all of our campuses, UMass students receive a top-grade education that prepares them to compete in the global economy.”
According to the listings:
UMass Amherst was ranked No. 29 among public universities, retaining its spot in the elite Top 30 Public Universities ranking and the top 75 among all National Universities, public or private.
UMass Boston, which two years ago was unranked, made rapid gains in its ranking this year, climbing to No. 202 from No. 220 last year.
UMass Dartmouth, which emerged as a National University for the first time last year, rose to No. 207 from No. 220.
UMass Lowell, which has been one of the fastest-rising universities in the nation since first making the list, is ranked No. 156 this year, including No. 81 among public institutions.
The rankings weigh up to 15 indicators of academic quality, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates and alumni giving, among others.
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings, which were released in March, ranked UMass Medical School as the No. 1 medical school in New England for primary care education, and No. 14 nationally. UMass Medical School also ranked No. 50 for research in those rankings.
UMass Dartmouth, which achieved national research university status for the first time last year, ascended 13 spots in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings made public today, strengthening its Tier 1 status.
As the only Massachusetts research university south of Boston, UMass Dartmouth moved from 220 to 207 out of 311 national universities that were ranked, the release said. There are more than 3,000 degree-granting four-year institutions in the United States. The U.S. News National University designation is reserved for universities offering undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, and are committed to producing groundbreaking research.
“This ranking reflects the excellence of our academic programs, the dedication of our faculty to teaching and discovery, and the transformative economic impact that our university has on the region and Commonwealth,” Chancellor Robert E. Johnson said. “We are especially pleased that those who know us best, our peers and high school guidance counselors, gave us strong grades.”
The Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth was ranked 151 for undergraduate business programs, tying it with the University of Rhode Island, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, Quinnipiac University, Providence College and UMass Boston.
U.S. News considers 15 factors in its rankings methodology, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence by peers and guidance counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, alumni giving, and others.