Miami, Ohio State get high marks in ‘top colleges’ rankings

Miami University was lauded for excellence in undergraduate teaching while Ohio State was recognized as one of the best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “best colleges” rankings.

Miami ranked No. 2 in the country for “best undergraduate teaching” in rankings released this week. Princeton University topped the category, receiving the most votes from top college administrators for focusing on undergrads.

“Miami faculty put their hearts and souls into teaching — it’s where we truly excel,” said first-year Miami President Gregory Crawford. “We hear it every day from our students and graduates of every campus, that how professors teach and mentor is what makes Miami such a special place to learn.”

Miami was ranked as the 30th-best national public university and was No. 79 overall (public and private).

Ohio State was No. 16 among the nation’s public universities and No. 54 overall.

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“We’re excited that our academic reputation continues to rise and we remain an outstanding and affordable education for future generations,” said Ohio State President Michael Drake.

Case Western Reserve in Cleveland was the highest-ranked national university in Ohio, landing at No. 37.

U.S. News considered many factors in its rankings, such as student retention, graduation rates, academic reputation, strength of the faculty and alumni giving.

UD ranked 111th

The University of Dayton was tied at No. 111 with Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah and the University of the Pacific.

The University of Cincinnati checked in at No. 135, slightly ahead of Ohio University, at No. 146.

Other ranked Ohio universities included Kent State, 188th; Bowling Green, 194th; and Ashland, 214th.

Wright State University was among 162 national universities whose rankings were not published. U.S. News chief data strategist Robert Morse said that the publication did not publish those rankings for “editorial reasons,” noting that WSU finished in the bottom 25 percent of its ranking category.

Other Ohio universities whose rankings were not published included Cleveland State, Akron and Toledo.

The top 10 on the list were all pricey private schools: Princeton, Harvard, University of Chicago, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins.

Among historically black colleges and universities, Central State and Wilberforce were among a group of 30 whose rankings were not published. Fifty HBCU’s were ranked, with Spelman College topping the list.

Among 205 universities that offer doctorates in engineering, UD was tied at No. 135 with 15 other schools, including Ohio University. Wright State was tied for No. 151 with 18 other schools. Engineering rankings were based solely on peer assessments.

Regional schools

In regional rankings, which list universities that offer some master’s programs but few doctoral programs, Xavier was No. 4 in the Midwest. Antioch University’s ranking was not published.

Wittenberg University was ranked No. 154 among national liberal arts colleges. Cedarville was No. 12 among regional colleges in the Midwest.

Although UD failed to crack the U.S. News top 100, its student body thinks very highly of its instructors. UD ranked No. 11 nationally in the mtvU RateMyProfessors.com rankings released Wednesday. Its professors received an average rating of 3.66 on a 1-to-5 scale.

RateMyProfessors.com touts itself as the “largest online destination for professor ratings with more than 7,000 schools and 17 million student-generated comments and ratings.”

Professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington University in St. Louis and North Carolina-Chapel Hill received the highest marks in the annual survey.

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