This Tuesday, U.S. News and World Report ranked UVA the third best public university in the nation. The institution came just behind University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-Los Angeles.
To calculate these rankings, U.S. News claims to have created a formula that uses “statistical quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality.” They use 15 indicators of academic excellence, ranging from selectivity to graduation rate to alumni donations.
Other Virginia public universities also received impressive U.S. News and World Report rankings, with the College of William & Mary ranked sixth and Virginia Tech tied for number 60.
For 27 years straight, UVA has been ranked in U.S. News’ top three public universities. University President Teresa Sullivan released a statement to acknowledge the prestigious ranking, noting that “year after year, UVA consistently holds its position among the very best public universities in the nation.”
When explaining why she believes the University has nabbed a top spot all these years, she attributed the ranking to “the hard work and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni,” and added that she hopes prospective Hoos will look to this ranking as proof of the “excellent, affordable education” offered by the school.
With results like these, Sullivan is just one of many Cavaliers hoping that UVA and its collegiate counterparts statewide will continue to perform at a high level of academic impressiveness for years to come.