BYU, Westminster, Utah rank high on top-colleges list
Aug. 17, 2007
Deseret Morning News
By Wendy Leonard
Three Utah schools landed among the nation's best colleges and universities on the 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings list, made public today.
This year's edition of America's Best Colleges will be published in the magazine's Aug. 27 issue, which hits newsstands Monday. It ranks 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities on a similar playing field, while putting them in categories set forth by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as well as peer review. The rankings are based on a comprehensive and systematic look at what the institutions offer students and what alumni and industry professionals believe is the best value.
Brigham Young University ranks highest among Utah schools and garnered the most placements for the state on the rankings list.
The Provo university comes in as the 79th best national university, dropping nine spots from its 70th place last year. It also ranked among the top 50 best business programs, coming in at 38th, while its accounting program ranks third, behind those at the University of Texas and the University of Illinois.
Both BYU and Westminster College earned high rankings for offering students some of the best deals in education. BYU placed 26th on the list and Westminster 15th in the Western states category for providing the best value — high-quality programs at a low cost.
Westminster ranks 23rd in the west in the category of best universities offering master's but not doctorate degrees. The private college placed in the top tier of schools for the 13th consecutive year.
Officials at the school are pleased with the ranking but don't agree that it's a proper assessment of what happens at the school.
The complete list of rankings, as well as a college guide, can be found online at www.usnews.com/colleges.