Annual U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is among top 50 public national universities

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University is again among the top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings out today.

Iowa State is in a six-way tie for 47th among 173 best national public universities and 101st overall in the “Best National Universities” category, which includes 281 American universities offering a broad range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Last year, Iowa State tied for 46th among publics and was 101st overall.

In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the 4th ranked program among all national universities, and 4th among public universities. In materials engineering, ISU is ranked 9th among public universities and 15th among all national universities.

Among public universities’ engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, ISU’s College of Engineering ranks 20th. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s engineering program ranks 35th (an eight-way tie with Brown University, Providence, R.I.; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.; the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Florida, Gainesville; the University of Virginia, Charlottesville; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.) Last year, Iowa State was 22nd among public programs and tied for 39th overall.

Iowa State’s College of Business is ranked 59th among public institutions, and 101st overall among AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-accredited programs.

Iowa State is listed among national universities identified as “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” described as those schools “where non-superstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving (and) where spirit and hard work could make all the difference in admissions offices.”

U.S. News has once again included Iowa State's learning communities among its "Programs to Look For" -- outstanding examples of academic programs commonly linked to student success.

In addition, Iowa State is again included (at No. 85) in U.S. News’ top 100 rankings by high school counselors.

The 2014 Best Colleges guidebook will be in stores Sept. 24.