2014 US News National Univ rankings - ISU #101

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  1. Tornado man

    Tornado man Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    Ames, IA
  2. Judoka

    Judoka Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Hopefully we can get back into the top 100 next year but our mission as a Land Grant school will prevent us from ever being at the top of these as admissions selectivity and retention are a big part of these rankings.
  3. ISUboi12

    ISUboi12 Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    It sucks that US News advertises their rankings so much that they are generally regarded as the top academic metric. Their methodology serves their consumer base, which is high school students looking to find a college they like. With that said, next time I go to Lincoln, I fully expect a banner to hang at the front of the campus "US News and World Report ranked just as good as Iowa State".

    On a side note, if you want to see some decent methodology done by a Chinese source for world ranking of universities look here.
  4. cyclone13

    cyclone13 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Your Annual Reminder to Ignore the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings - John Tierney - The Atlantic

    Another one

    I remember discussing this with someone at the graduate office and he mentioned some other factors

    1. Research papers published: it doesn't take into account how many papers are in progress. So if one university has 1 paper published, the university gets a better score than the others not publishing any papers. And this doesn't take into account the quality of the publishing. So one school can also gets high credits if several of its professors publish papers at the same year.
    2. Buildings: if you get a new building, you'll get rewarded in the ranking.

    There are some things that are quite subjective and overall, it's OK to see the top 10, but after that it becomes fuzzy. It also will depend on the program. US News lumps everything into one.
  5. Triggermv

    Triggermv Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2010
    Energy Trader
    Marion, IA
    Where were we last year? I thought I remember us being in the high 80s only a few years ago correct?

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