Texas A&M No. 2 Nationally Among Public Schools In U.S. News “Great Schools, Great Prices” Rankings

Texas A&M University is the only public university in Texas to rank among the top 50 national universities in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of the 2014 ratings by U.S. News & World Report ““ and it maintained its second-place ranking overall in that key assessment of national public institutions.

academic buildingIn addition to ranking second among public universities in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” Texas A&M moved into the top 20 overall—among public and private institutions—in that category in the magazine’s annual rankings announced today in advance of publication of its “Best Colleges” guidebook for 2014.

As in previous years, the publication’s “national universities” rankings in all categories are dominated by private universities.

In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, Texas A&M is ranked only behind the University of North Carolina among public institutions and moved up one place overall , to 18th. Rice, at 14th, is the only institution in Texas to be ranked in that category. The overall list is headed by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT.

Texas A&M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering again ranks eighth among engineering programs at national public universities and moved up to a 15th-place tie, with Virginia Tech, in the overall ranking.   In the college’s departmental/specialty rankings, biological/agricultural engineering  ranks   3rd overall   and among   public institutions; aerospace engineering, 11th overall and 7th among public institutions; civil engineering, 11th overall and 8th among publics; electrical and computer engineering, 18th overall and 11th among publics; industrial and systems engineering, 10th overall and 7th among publics, and mechanical engineering,   17th overall and 10th among publics.

Mays Business School at Texas A&M is tied at 16th place for undergraduate business programs with five other public universities and tied with those same institutions, and with Brigham Young, at 27th overall. The public universities with which it is tied are Arizona State, Georgia Tech, University of Florida, University of Georgia and Michigan State. In departmental/specialties in Mays, accounting is ranked 22nd overall and management placed 13th overall. The rankings for those two departments among public institutions were not readily available, but they are significantly higher than for the overall rankings, which include private institutions.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are the latest results showing that Texas A&M is continuing to attract positive attention at the national level.

Washington Monthly ranked Texas A&M second among all U.S. universities—public or private—in its rankings announced last month. That publication bases its ratings in large part on universities’ contributions to the public interest through endeavors such as service programs and research that drives economic growth. Texas A&M’s ranking by that publication is higher than for any other institution in Texas.

In July Texas A&M was listed as a “best buy” in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, a publication created by former New York Times higher education editor Edward B. Fiske. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, in announcing its “top 100 best values” in public schools, ranked Texas A&M 18th nationally and tops in Texas.

Also, Texas A&M has been cited as a “cool school” by Sierra magazine. The rankings in the newest issue of the magazine published by the environmentally oriented Sierra Club are based on data provided by institutions that reflect efforts to conserve energy and water, among other factors, and conduct “sustainability learning experiences” for students outside the formal curriculum.


Media Contact: Lane Stephenson, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4662


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