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Rochester rises in U.S. News rankings

The University has moved up to 34th for undergraduate programs among the nation's best 248 national universities in the U.S. News & World Report rankings released August 19. Last year the University was 37th on the magazine's annual listing of "America's Best Colleges." Among universities in New York State, Rochester is ranked third, behind Columbia and Cornell.

"The University of Rochester consistently and strongly competes among the leading research universities of the nation," said President Joel Seligman. "The new ranking recognizes our increasingly strong programs, our great faculty, and our wonderful students."

Other University programs also have recently improved their rankings in U.S. News. In 2005, for example, the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration rose to 23rd, up from 36th. Several other University programs are listed among the top 20 in the nation. The Department of Political Science is ranked 13th, with its methodology specialty fourth in the nation. The School of Medicine and Dentistry's program in Primary Care and its specialty in Geriatrics are each ranked 17th. The Department of Economics is ranked 19th and its specialties of international economics and macroeconomics ranked 16th and 14th, respectively. Further, in the last U.S. News ranking of music schools, the Eastman School of Music was first.

In another recently released ranking, the Princeton Review, an education services company, also names the University as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. The University is featured in the 2006 edition of The Best 361 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are in the book.

A complete list of the U.S. News rankings is posted at

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