Many people tend to discount university rankings but they are truly meaningful to students and especially parents when there is a premium to attend top-ranked schools and universities. DU received fantastic news today when it was announced that the University of Denver jumped 17 spots from #97 a year ago to #80 among 400 national universities.
The news is even better as DU also became the top-rated university in the state of Colorado. These bragging rights should give the University of Denver an edge as they battle for top-notch students seeking the best possible education along the front range. And, of course, Denver avoids falling out of the Top 100 which would have been a brutal blow for DU.
According to a news release today from the University of Denver, “The rankings are based on performance in six categories. DU’s 17-spot climb is in part due to our rising academic reputation, as measured by our Peer Assessment score, and also because of a greater emphasis on Student Outcomes (retaining and graduating students) than in years past and significant progress in Faculty Resources (including class size and faculty with the highest degrees in their field). Alumni giving also is a factor in our ranking, reflecting the excellence of the University as measured by your annual generosity.”
DU is tied at 80 with Brigham Young University, Stevens Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University and Texas Christian University. Colorado School of Mines came in at 88, CU at 103, and Colorado State University 153.
The news has to be a godsend to Chancellor Jeremy Haefner and his administration as they work to jump-start on-campus learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is, no doubt exciting, positive news in a year where that has been extremely hard to come by across the board.