Wake Forest in top 25 of latest U.S. News rankings
August 17, 2010
Winston-Salem, N.C. — Wake Forest University ranks 25th among national universities in U.S. News and World Report's latest rankings of "America's Best Colleges" and was again recognized in the magazine for the quality of its undergraduate teaching.
Two schools, the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Virginia, tied with Wake Forest for the 25th spot.
Wake Forest placed 12th among national universities in the magazine's survey of experts asked to identify "schools where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching."
This year, U.S. News asked high school guidance counselors to rank colleges and universities. Wake Forest ranked 30th on the counselors' list of top choices among national universities.
In its overall ranking, the university had a strong showing in many categories, including alumni giving rates, faculty resources and graduation rates.
Wake Forest was ranked 28th in last year's edition and has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category since 1996. Wake Forest was ranked 25th in 2002 and 1996.
"We appreciate being recognized for the deep faculty-student engagement and the commitment to educating the whole person that are Wake Forest's highest values," said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch.
As mentioned in the U.S. News guide, more than half of Wake Forest classes have fewer than 20 students. The student/faculty ratio is 11 to one. Ninety-four percent of Wake Forest's first-year students return for their sophomore year.
"We are improving faculty resources, and we have seen significant increases in the attention we get from applicants all over the country," said Wake Forest Provost Jill Tiefenthaler. "Our teacher-scholar ideal is a core value and one of the things students and parents find most meaningful in higher education."
Among national universities, Wake Forest was also ranked 31st on a list of "Great Schools, Great Prices" and included on a list of top schools with the highest percentage of Pell grant recipients. "U.S. News believes that Pell figures are the best available gauge of institutions' relative commitment to access for all," says the description for this listing focused on economic diversity.
The magazine also ranks undergraduate business programs. Wake Forest's undergraduate business school ranked 34th and its accounting program was ranked in the top 20 (at 19th) out of 446 undergraduate business programs considered. The business school rankings are based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs across the country.
The U.S. News rankings are posted on www.usnews.com. The rankings will appear in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands Aug. 31. The 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands August 24.