US News released their annual rankings Monday and DU fell to #105 in the National Universities rankings. As recently as 2020, Denver jumped 17 places to rank 80th among national universities. Denver fell back to #93 last year and tumbled twelve more places this year.
While we can all agree that rankings are somewhat arbitrary, high school students and parents use these rankings to justify college selections and the high cost of tuition. For some, the ‘top 100’ may be the cutoff criteria they use to determine their college choice. The same goes for international students who may rely on US News rankings because they may be unable to make actual campus visits.
Elsewhere in the state, CU-Boulder ranked #97 and Colorado School of Mines #89, both in the Top 100. Princeton, Harvard, and MIT held the top three spots. DU was tied with Drexel, Rochester Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, and the University of Utah. Colorado College was ranked #27 among National Liberal Arts Colleges.
Only academics are used in determining ranking criteria for US News and their methodology “does not factor in nonacademic elements like social life and athletics.” According to US News, “The 2022-23 Best College Ranking factors and their corresponding weights are unchanged from last year’s edition.” You can review the ranking criteria here.