Published: Sept. 5, 2001

The University of Colorado at Boulder fared well again in the U.S. News &World Report’s 2002 edition of America’s Best Colleges, slated to hit newsstands Sept. 10.

In a ranking of the top 50 public national universities offering doctoral programs, CU-Boulder was ranked 28th, the highest in the Rocky Mountain region. CU-Boulder was tied with Indiana University-Bloomington, Miami University of Ohio, Michigan State University, SUNY Binghamton, California State University-Riverside, California State University-Santa Cruz and the University of Connecticut.

Academic programs ranked by the magazine for the 2002 Best Colleges edition included business and engineering programs and specialty schools.

Of undergraduate engineering schools in the United States offering doctorates, CU-Boulder was ranked 26th, tied with Harvard University, Columbia University, Duke University, the University of Maryland and the University of California-Davis. CU’s engineering college moved up one notch from last year’s ranking.

In best undergraduate business programs, CU-Boulder was ranked 38th, tied with Boston University, Brigham Young University, Florida State University, Tulane University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Last year the CU-Boulder business college was tied for 41st place.

Indicators used by the magazine to rate academic quality included academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, alumni giving, graduation rate performance and student selectivity.

In the 2002 rankings, US News gave the greatest ranking weight, 25 percent, to academic reputation. CU-Boulder was tied for 18th in the top 50 public national universities based on academic reputation.