DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire received a ranking in the top 100 national universities in the country, ranking in at 97th overall. Amongst public institutions, UNH ranked 44th.
The university released this statement in relation to the ranking.
“We are aware of the recently released U.S. News and World Report rankings and appreciate that some progress has been made in modifying the basis for these rankings to place greater emphasis on outcomes, like graduation and retention rates, but to the extent that the rankings continue to emphasize reputation as the single most important factor, we will continue to keep our focus on outcomes. We are proud to have a graduation rate of 77%, ranking us in the top 5% to 10% of all colleges and universities in the country.
To rank colleges and universities, U.S. News and World Report first assigns schools to a group of their peers, based on the basic categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006. Those in the national universities group are the American universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees; many strongly emphasize research.
In each category, data on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence are gathered from each school and tabulated. Schools are ranked within categories by their total weighted score.
U.S. News updated the methodology for the 2014 rankings to reflect the current state of college admissions and better measure student outcomes. High school class rank, a figure included on fewer student transcripts, is less important in college admissions decisions than in years past. As a result, class standing received significantly less weight in this year's rankings. The publication also increased the weight of graduation and retention rates for national universities and liberal arts colleges and extended graduation rate performance, which measures the difference between an institution's predicted and actual graduation rates, to regional schools.