OU Named a Top 100 University
For the first time in history, the University of Oklahoma has been ranked among the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation, public or private, according to U.S. News & World Report. OU also checks in within the top 50 for public institutions.
“This recognition marks a truly historic moment for the university,” said OU President David L. Boren. “The hard work and dedication of all members of the OU family have made this achievement possible. It confirms the high quality of education and standard of excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma.”
For the 2018 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News & World Report based its findings on several key measures of quality, such as graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving.
“Whereas no institution can really be reduced to a single number or ranking, I believe that our progress in the rankings represents and reflects OU’s strong commitment to our faculty, staff, and especially our students,” said Matt Hamilton, OU’s Vice President for Enrollment and Student Financial Services and Registrar. “There has never been a better time to be at the University of Oklahoma.”
“Academically, OU has never been stronger,” echoed Jeff Blahnik, Executive Director of OU’s Office of Admissions & Recruitment. “The breadth and depth of excellent academic programs and campus experience at OU allow us to be in dinner table conversations along with other top universities as prospective students weigh with their families where to go to college.
“At the same time, while OU is a flagship institution with incredible opportunities, our university community also prides itself on the personal, family feeling that students experience when they attend OU and then after graduation as alumni,” Blahnik continued. “This attention to personalization has led to our incredible recent increase in retention and graduation rates and our continued success in placing students in jobs and grad school upon graduation.”
Additionally, U.S. News ranked OU’s petroleum engineering program in the top three among specialties at engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, and OU’s Michael F. Price College of Business has been ranked among the top 50 best business programs at a public institution.
The 2018 Best Colleges ranking is the latest in a recent series of major accolades for OU. The Princeton Review ranked OU first in the nation for student happiness among public universities. Bizzell Memorial Library was named among the top 18 most stunning university libraries in the world by Architectural Digest. Additionally, INSIGHT Into Diversity selected OU as a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the second consecutive year.
OU also announced that it has set an all-time record for freshman-to-sophomore retention, with 92.1 percent of first-year students who entered the university in the fall of 2016 returning for their sophomore year beginning fall 2017. This marks the second straight year that OU has established a record for retention.