By CLAIRE GALVIN
Chronicle Staff Writer
STORRS â€” The University of Connecticut has received its highest ranking ever from U.S. News & World Report, which annually rates the nationâ€™s colleges and universities.
According to a release this morning, the university was ranked 18th among the nationâ€™s public universities for the 2018 study.
â€ś(The rank) is a reflection of our core academic strength and UConnâ€™s exceptional faculty, staff, students and leaders â€” and state investment over many years,â€ť UConn President Susan Herbst said in a release issued this morning.
The No. 18 ranking was a four-way tie between UConn, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Washington.
UConn has remained between 19 and 21 for the past six years, before rising to 18 in the latest study.
The ranking was awarded despite heavy budget constraints from the state.
â€śThis was accomplished despite ongoing cuts to our appropriation over several years,â€ť Herbst said. â€śIt shows that if the state makes the necessary investments in UConnâ€™s future, we clearly have the potential to become a top 10 institution. We are hopeful that this is the path the state chooses.â€ť
For the first time last year, UConn received more money in tuition revenue ($375 million) than in state support ($374.7 million).
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised the university for its success.
â€śWe are sending a clear message to students and families across Connecticut â€” and the nation â€” that UConn is a premier academic institution to lay the groundwork for a 21st century career,â€ť Malloy said. â€śWe are grateful for the steady leadership and vision of UConn President Susan Herbst and (UConn Board of Trustees) Chairman Larry McHugh.â€ť
McHugh, who is stepping down when the board finds a successor, applauded Herbst for upping the rank over the years.
â€śI want to thank and congratulate President Herbst and her entire team, who have worked so hard to bring this about over many years,â€ť McHugh said.
â€śIt is always a struggle to rise in this highly competitive ranking,â€ť he said. â€śThe fact that it happened during difficult budget times makes it all the more impressive. Without a doubt, UConn has the potential to rise even higher.â€ť
Among the criteria for which UConn was recognized for, the university placed third among 58 public research universities for the fastest time to graduate: 4.2 years.
The university also jumped 12 spots for being a good choice for veterans. The university is now ranked 24th in best colleges for veterans.
UConnâ€™s rank among both public and private universities also improved, jumping to 56th compared to last yearâ€™s 60th spot.
UConn is placed among the top 5 percent of all universities nationwide.