WUSTL ranked 12th in undergraduate programs

Washington University — consistently ranked among America’s 20 best national universities — is ranked 12th again for undergraduate programs among the nation’s best 248 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, the magazine announced Aug. 17.

The University tied with Cornell University for the second straight year.

The University also ranked 18th in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category in this year’s results, to be published in the Aug. 27 issue of U.S. News and its America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

The University ranked highly in several other categories: seventh in faculty resources, sixth in selectivity, fourth in financial resources and 11th in alumni giving.

WUSTL also was tied for fifth in highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students and 17th in graduation and retention.

The undergraduate program at the Olin School of Business is ranked as the 12th-best business school among national universities, tied with Cornell, Emory University, University of Illinois, The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin. The school’s finance program ranked 15th.

The School of Engineering undergraduate program is ranked 43rd, tied with Brown University, Michigan State University, the University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University. The school’s Department of Biomedical Engineering ranked 16th.

The U.S. News overall undergraduate rankings are derived from peer assessments by university chief executive officers, provosts and admissions deans, as well as from data gathered from each institution.

These data are broken down into categories and assigned a weight reflecting the magazine’s judgment about which measures of quality matter most.

A complete list of the rankings is posted on the publication’s Web site, usnews.com.

A complete list of the most recent rankings for all WUSTL schools, departments and programs is available online at rankings.wustl.edu.