August 23, 2005

Magazine Ranks Cornell 4

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On the heels of an improved U.S. News and World Report assesment, Cornell has now also ranked highly in both Washington Monthly’s College Guide, released yesterday, and the Princeton Review’s “361 Best Colleges,” which is to be released today.

The Washington Monthly’s guide, which ranks the schools based on “what colleges are doing for the country,” as opposed to the strictly numerical data used by U.S. News listed Cornell at number four overall, ahead of all other Ivy League schools.

According to the article, the Monthly “came up with three central criteria: Universities should be engines of social mobility, they should produce the academic minds and scientific research that advance knowledge and drive economic growth, and they should inculcate and encourage an ethic of service.”

At the top of the list is Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, followed by University of California–Los Angeles and University of California–Berkeley.

Other Ivies in the top 25 include the University of Pennsylvania at number 9 and Yale and Harvard at 15 and 16 respectively.

“It is an indication of the kind of things that U.S. News doesn’t evaluate that could be important to students,” said Simeon Moss, Cornell’s press office director.

“The rankings show the range and breadth of Cornell,” he said.

“It pleases me enormously that the rank of Cornell reflects its full dimensions,” said Tommy Bruce, Cornell’s vice president of communications and media relations.

The Princeton Review’s rankings, which generally rank schools on more student-related characteristics, are being released today and have Cornell listed at fourth in the “Best Campus Food” category and eleventh in the “Best College Library” category.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings released yesterday were more specific academically-based rankings. In the “Best Engineering Programs (at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate)” category, Cornell tied for eighth. In addition, Cornell ranked first in the “Engineering Science/Engineering Physics” category.

“The applied and engineering physics program has been one of the hidden jewels of Cornell, and I am delighted to see the program receive this well-deserved recognition,” said Robert Richardson, vice provost for research

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