UC Riverside Lauded for Diversity, Value in Annual U.S. News and World Report College Guide

Overall ranking of 112th places UCR among top universities in the nation

The cover of the 2014 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Guide.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside has once-again been recognized as a “Best Value School” and was lauded for its diversity in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges Guide, released on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

“We know that rankings like the U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly surveys are widely followed by potential students as well as current students, alumni, faculty and staff,” said UC Riverside Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein. “As a result, we are pleased to once again be ranked as one of the nation’s top research universities.”

Overall, UCR is ranked 112th overall among national universities, and 55th among public universities. The numbers mark a slight decline from the 101st and 47th rankings in the 2013 survey.

The rankings, which are based on categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, placed UCR as 35th among the 50 schools on the best value list, which considers academic quality and affordability. UCR was 24th in the category in the 2013 survey.

The university once again appeared on the list of the most diverse schools in the nation, placing in a tie for 12th overall. The score of 0.70 was identical to the 2013 survey, where UCR finished in a tie for 8th place.

Rabenstein said he wasn’t concerned with UCR’s slightly lower placement when compared to past years, citing the example of the ethnic diversity category, in which just seven-hundredths of a point separated the top 17 schools in the category.

“Because the differences between campuses can be so incremental, it’s not unusual to see volatility in the rankings from one year to the next,” he said.

The annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report, first issued in 1983, are frequently used by families as they decide where to target applications. The rankings combine reputation-based rankings with the hard-data outcomes related to graduation rates, tuition costs and level of donor support.

UC Riverside has fared well in the annual surveys, including:

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