The latest college rankings from U.S News & World Report list the University of Rochester as 35th among the best national universities, essentially unchanged from last year.
Several other recent rankings and listings place the University in elite company in academic quality and recognition.
The Department of Political Science, one of the best-known programs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, was ranked in the Top 5 in two important national studies that measured the quality of job placements for Ph.D. graduates and how often their research was cited in academic journals. Rochester placed fourth in both studies.
Gerald Gamm, chair of political science and associate professor of political science and history, noted that only Rochester and Harvard made the top groups in key parts of each study. The studies were published in PS: Political Science and Politics in July.
This week, the University's Eastman School was named the "hottest music school" in the annual Newsweek-Kaplan How to Get into College 2008 guide. That same guide classified the University as a "New Ivy" last year along with 24 others because their programs and top students rival traditional Ivy League schools.
The University was one of only three institutions listed as a New Ivy and as a category leader this year in its "hottest" schools lists. The other two were UCLA ("hottest mega-university") and the Claremont Colleges' Claremont McKenna College ("hottest for election year"), while Harvey Mudd and Pomona were named New Ivies. The Newsweek-Kaplan lists are based on admissions statistics as well as interviews with administrators, students, faculty, and alumni.
The 2008 guide cited the built-in bonus for Eastman students that comes with being able to take courses in the College of the University of Rochester. "The relationship between Eastman and the College is an enormous benefit with great potential," said University President Joel Seligman. "And we are working to help our students find ways to gain even more synergy from that special relationship."
Last fall, the University of Rochester was ranked 21st among U.S. universities in the global listing issued by The Times of London.