US News college rankings: UConn climbs back into top 20

All together now: “We’re number 19, we’re number 19.” Doesn’t quite have the ring of “We’re Number 1!” but the University of Connecticut will take it.

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings are out and UConn has cracked the top 20 of top public universities for the second time in its history. Two years go it was 19 but shared the spot. Last year it slipped to 21. This year, it is back up to 19 all by itself.

UConn President Susan Herbst, called it the most impressive position the university has been in, without question.

“It confirms what many already know: that UConn is among the best universities in the nation, with a superb and growing academic reputation,” Herbst said in a statement sent out early Tuesday morning.

UConn was one of 173 national public institutions reviewed as part of this year’s U.S. News & World Report 2014 survey, which is out today.

According to UConn officials, its strong showing was driven in large part by the  academic strength of its incoming freshmen. UConn also scored well for its reductions in class sizes and growing reputation among peer institutions. In 2000, UConn was 38 among the list of top public universities.

UConn, wasn’t the only one happy with its showing on the annual rankings.

Quinnipiac University in Hamden was on the list as the “Top up-and-coming university in the North Region” for the second straight year, according to Quinnipiac officials.


The college administrators surveyed in the spring of 2013 for the 2014 rankings were asked to nominate institutions they think have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. Quinnipiac was cited most often by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans who were asked to identify up to 10 up-and-coming schools in the North Region.

“This recognition reflects the collaboration of the full Quinnipiac University community in accepting responsibility for student development and learning,” said Mark Thompson, executive vice president and provost at Quinnipiac.

Fairfield University also made #3 on the list of Best Regional Universities in the North category. It has been in the top four of that list for 23 consecutive years. Fairfield also ranked fourthregionally in the area of “Strong Commitment to Teaching.”

A full list of this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings can be found at:






Linda Lambeck