U.S. News ranks Wright State business, engineering programs in best colleges list

FILE: Students on campus at Wright State University

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2019 college rankings and Wright State University made multiple lists.

The Soin College of Business earned Wright State its highest rating in the annual college ranking.

The college of business was ranked No. 274 out of more than 500 schools. WSU tied with 38 other schools for the No. 274 spot, according to U.S. News.

Rankings have”become a shorthand way for people to evaluate the quality of a school,” said Tom Traynor, interim dean of Wright State’s Soin College of Business. While the rankings—including U.S. News’ —aren’t always very comprehensive, Traynor said they can help bolster programs and get them some much desired notoriety.

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“It matters,” he said. “Lots of parents and families look at U.S. News & World Report.”

Wright State’s engineering program also fared well among national universities, coming in at No. 146 overall in the category of schools with doctoral engineering programs. WSU’s engineering program tied with 21 other schools including Boise State University and the University of Akron, according to U.S. News.

In the category of “Best National Universities,” Wright State did not receive an official ranking but was named as being in the bottom 72 of 301 schools considered for the ranking.

Here are the categories Wright State placed in.

• No.146 in the overall category of best engineering programs with a doctoral program. (22-way tie)

• No. 274 in the category of best undergraduate business programs. (38-way tie)


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