UMBC 5th in U.S. News poll

Hrabowski pleased at 'up-and-coming' rank

Hopkins 15th overall

August 22, 2008|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,Sun Reporter

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is ranked No. 5 among "up-and-coming" national universities in the latest college rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report - a confirmation, UMBC says, of its rising reputation for research and education.

The Johns Hopkins University is ranked No. 15 overall among national universities, down one notch from last year, and the University of Maryland, College Park is up a slot to No. 53 in the rankings, which have stirred disputes but still hold sway over thousands of prospective students trying to determine where to go to college.

Harvard, Princeton and Yale were the top three universities in the country, respectively.

UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III said his school's recognition as an "up-and-coming" university meant it was viewed as "innovative and on the move" by the leaders of other institutions, who are surveyed for the rankings. After much publicity about the school's basketball, lacrosse and chess teams, the U.S. News ranking shows the school's academic reputation is just as strong, Hrabowski said.

"What it says to students in the state and beyond is that UMBC is highly regarded in the national academic community," he said.

Among other Maryland schools, Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie) was ranked No. 1 among up-and-coming baccalaureate colleges in the North, and Loyola College in Maryland was No. 2 among regional universities in the North.

In ranking schools the magazine classified as liberal arts colleges, the U.S. Naval Academy was No. 22. St. Mary's College of Maryland was No. 84 but ranked No. 1 among liberal arts colleges that are publicly funded. Goucher College fell from No. 91 among liberal arts colleges to No. 111.

Among historically black colleges, Morgan State University was No. 19 and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, No. 27.

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