UMass Lowell Climbs Again in U.S. News & World Report Ranking
UMass Lowell is in the top tier of universities in the nation for the fourth consecutive time, climbing a dozen spots since last year and 25 since 2011 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of institutions of higher education. The three-year climb is the second-largest jump among all universities.
U.S. News & World Report’s annual lists, which study more than 1,500 U.S. four-year colleges and universities, are considered among the most influential for parents and prospective students in selecting a school.
UMass Lowell is No. 158 on the 2014 list of Best National Universities, up from 170 last year. In just three years, the University has climbed 25 spots in this ranking and continues to be among the top 100 public universities in the nation. In determining the annual ranking, U.S. News & World Report looked at criteria such as the breadth of programs offered and the institution’s reputation among academic peers. Also considered were retention rates (approximately 84 percent of UMass Lowell freshmen continue on for their sophomore year) and alumni giving (UMass Lowell recently logged its third-consecutive record year for fundraising).
“Just four years ago, UMass Lowell was ranked for the first time in the top tier of national universities,” says UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “For that ranking to climb 25 places in just a few years is a testament to the work that has been done by faculty, staff and administrators to turn this institution into a world-class university.”
UMass Lowell has recently earned top honors in other national, independent rankings based on factors like quality and graduates’ return on investment, including being named No. 10 on Forbes magazine’s 25 Best Value Colleges for this year and as the “Most Underrated College in America” by Business Insider.
PayScale.com and Affordable Colleges Online also recognized UMass Lowell for return on investment (ROI). PayScale ranks the University No. 10 among public colleges and universities and No. 50 among private and public institutions, noting that UMass Lowell is one of just 75 in the nation whose graduates have a 30-year net ROI of more than $1 million.