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KU improves to 59th among public schools in 2020 U.S. News rankings

Monday, September 09, 2019

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas increased its ranking two spots to 59th among public universities in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, released Sept. 9.

“We recognize the importance of these rankings, and we always would prefer to go up,” said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. “However, we remain focused on a broader set of metrics to measure our success, and we will be refining those further through a new strategic planning process that will be launching soon.”

KU has undertaken efforts to improve freshmen retention rates and six-year graduation rates, which are among the many metrics tracked by the magazine for its rankings. Both areas have seen improvement in recent years.

“The work done by our KU faculty and staff is ensuring more of our students remain on track to advance in their degree programs and ultimately graduate,” said Carl Lejuez, interim provost and executive vice chancellor. “When we can improve in those areas we know are important, success in rankings will typically follow.”

In other undergraduate rankings published Monday, the KU School of Business ranked in a tie for 41st, and the School of Engineering ranked in a tie for 49th, both among public schools.

KU also ranked 28th among public universities in the magazine’s Best Value category and 52nd among public schools for Best Colleges for Veterans.

The magazine releases graduate school rankings in the spring. This year, KU had 48 programs ranked in the top 50 among public universities.


10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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