U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 47th among best public national universities

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Sept. 11, 2015, U.S. News & World Report corrected its rankings of the top public national universities. Iowa State's position was revised to No. 52 among the top public national universities. ISU's overall rank of No. 108 remains unchanged.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University comes in at No. 47 among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings out today.

Iowa State is in an eight-way tie with the University of Missouri, Columbia; the University of Nebraska – Lincoln; University of New Hampshire, Durham; the University of Oklahoma, Norman; the University of Oregon, Eugene; the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Iowa State is in a seven-way tie for 108th overall in the “Best National Universities” category, which includes 280 American universities offering a broad range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Last year, Iowa State was in a four-way tie for 50th among publics and was 106th overall.

In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the No. 2 ranked program among all national universities, and 2nd among public universities.

Among public universities’ engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, ISU’s College of Engineering ties for 21st. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s engineering program ranks 36th (a five-way tie with the University of Colorado – Boulder; University of Florida, Gainesville; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Last year, Iowa State was tied for 23rd among public programs and in a seven-way tie for 41st overall.

Iowa State’s College of Business is tied for 51st among public institutions, and in a 13-way tie for 80th overall among AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-accredited programs.

Iowa State is again 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 – where spirit and hard work could make all the difference in admissions offices.”

In addition, Iowa State is again included (in a 19-way tie at No. 85) in U.S. News’ top 100 rankings by high school counselors. ISU also is ranked No. 89 (a five-way tie) among Best Colleges for Veterans.

The 2016 Best Colleges guidebook is online now and will be on newsstands Sept. 29.