U.S. News and World Report Survey Ranks UCR 113th Overall; Earns “Great Schools, Great Prices” Recognition

Diversity ranking continues to be high; undergraduate business program also receives national acclaim

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The cover of the 2015 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Guide.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside has been ranked in a tie for 113th overall among national universities and has been included on the list of the 50 “Great Schools, Great Prices” in the annual U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges Guide, which was released on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

Additionally, UCR was once again listed among the most diverse universities in the nation, while the School of Business Administration’s Undergraduate Business Program was ranked among the best in the nation.

The annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report, first issued in 1983, combine reputation-based rankings with the hard-data outcomes related to graduation rates, tuition costs and level of donor support.

“We’ve seen a variety of surveys over the last few weeks, from the Washington Monthly survey to the Shanghai Jiao Tong Annual World University Rankings. While our specific place in each ranking has varied depending on its emphasis, the results of each provide confirmation that the University of California, Riverside is an outstanding place to receive an education,” said UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

“I see the work that is taking place everyday across the campus by our faculty, students and staff,” Wilcox added. “We are doing great things here as we continue to grow our campus, add faculty, meet the goal of achieving the profile of an AAU-member university.”

Among the 1,600 national universities rated in the survey, UC Riverside was placed in a tie for 113th (with the University of South Carolina and the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota) with 43 points. In last year’s survey, UCR was 112th with 46 points. UCR ranked 55th among public universities in both years.

Once again UCR was cited as one of the most ethnically diverse national universities, tying for 14th with a a .70 on the diversity index, where 1.0 is the highest-possible score. The survey rates how “likely it is for students to run into students from a different ethnic group.”

The “Great Schools, Great Prices” list calculates a school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. UCR was 48th overall, just ahead of UC San Diego, but down from 35th last year.

The School of Business Administration’s undergraduate business program was included in their list of “Best Business Programs,” placing in a tie for 79th. The survey was conducted surveyed deans and senior faculty at business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“With the U.S. News rankings, we continue our objective of being one of the nation’s premier business schools,” said School of Business Administration Dean Yunzeng Wang. “I appreciate the effort our faculty and staff to make sure our students are prepared for today’s ever-changing global economy.”

UC Riverside has fared well in the annual rankings and surveys that are traditionally released during the late summer, including:

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