U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 56th among national publics; third in ag/bio engineering

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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University is tied for 56th among 132 public national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” undergraduate rankings released today.

Overall – in the magazine’s ranking of 312 national universities offering a full range of undergraduate majors, graduate programs and research capabilities – Iowa State is tied for 119th.

Last year, Iowa State tied for 53rd among public universities and tied for 115th overall.

Iowa State ranks third overall, and third among public universities, for the best undergraduate program in biological/agricultural engineering. In civil engineering, at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, Iowa State is tied for 27th overall, 18th among publics.

Here’s where the magazine ranks other Iowa State undergraduate programs:

  • Best undergraduate engineering programs among 206 schools ranked: tied for 24th among publics and tied for 43rd overall.
  • Best undergraduate business programs among 503 schools ranked: tied for 49th among publics and tied for 79th overall.

In other, non-program rankings, Iowa State tied for 80th overall among 105 best colleges for veterans; ranked 81st overall among 145 best value schools; and tied for 108th among 281 schools in high school counselor rankings.

Iowa State remains listed among “A-Plus Schools for B Students.” To be eligible, colleges had to be ranked among the top three-quarters of their peer groups in the 2019 rankings and admit a meaningful proportion of non-A students.

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2019” rankings can be found on the magazine’s website. https://premium.usnews.com/best-colleges