University ranks 41 among national universities

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University ranks 41 among national universities

The Marching Illini perform on the Foellinger terrace at Quad Day 2015.

The Marching Illini perform on the Foellinger terrace at Quad Day 2015.

The Marching Illini perform on the Foellinger terrace at Quad Day 2015.

The Marching Illini perform on the Foellinger terrace at Quad Day 2015.

By Jason Chun

U.S. News and World Report released its annual college rankings Tuesday, ranking the University at 41st among all national universities.

“It’s always nice when external organizations recognize our achievements,” said Robin Kaler, campus spokesperson.

She added the University likes to measure its success based on the success of students and alumni.

The 2015 ranking is a spot higher than the 42nd rank the University received in 2014. This year, it tied with five other universities: Boston University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tulane University, University of California-Davis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

According to the report, the rankings are formulated based on first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. Additional methodology includes “quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality.”

U.S. News and World Report also notes that the rankings are based on research about what is important in education.

The report includes a summary of the application process, academic life, student life, campus services, cost and financial aid at each ranked university. According to the report, the goal of the ranking is to help prospective students learn more about colleges on their application short-list.

Princeton University topped the list for the fifth year in a row and Harvard was ranked second for the third straight year. Yale was ranked third and Columbia University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago all tied for fourth.