UConn Rises to 18th Among U.S. Public Universities (UConn Today)

The Class of 2021 poses on the Great Lawn for their class photo on Aug. 26, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
The No. 18 ranking is UConn’s highest yet. The University also moved up to No. 56 among all public and private universities, which places it among the top 5 percent of institutions nationwide. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn has achieved its highest-yet ranking among the nation’s top public universities, reaching No. 18 on this year’s U.S. News & World Report list and marking its seventh consecutive year in the Top 25.

The No. 18 ranking, released Tuesday, places UConn ahead of many other noted schools and reflects the University’s strides in retention and graduation rates, reputation among peer institutions and guidance counselors, and other factors measured by the rankings.

UConn has been ascending steadily in the rankings since 2000, when it was No. 38 among public universities. It moved into the mid-20s over the following years, then remained between Nos. 19 and 21 for the past six years before this year’s best-yet No. 18 showing.

“We are thrilled and incredibly proud that UConn has reached our highest-ever place in the U.S. News ranking of the nation’s best public colleges and universities,” UConn President Susan Herbst said. “This is a reflection of our core academic strength and UConn’s exceptional faculty, staff, students, and leaders – and state investment over many years.

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