Oct. 1, 2004

Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858

College guide: KU one of 16 Best Buys, cites strong academic programs

LAWRENCE -- The 2005 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges praises the University of Kansas for its "huge number of high-ranking academic programs" and names it one of the top 16 public university best buys in the U.S. for "remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost."

The Fiske Guide is the nation's oldest and most highly rated college guide.

In its newest edition, the guide gives the university four out of five stars in the categories of academics, social life and quality of life and says KU "continues to push up in the rankings."

Noting that "Lawrence is a great town for college students," the guide also calls the historic Mount Oread campus "one of the most gorgeous in the United States."

The guide also states that KU, the only Kansas university of the 175 featured in the guide, "has taken steps to become more selective, and the results are evident: the academic achievements of each incoming class continue to rise. And those students who are extremely dedicated can plunge into a great honors program."

"KU is special to me because of all the individual attention I get from my professors," a visual communication major states in the guide.

Several programs are cited for "unusual strength" in preprofessional areas. KU is one of:

-- 18 major universities strong in film/television
-- 20 public universities strong in architecture
-- 28 major universities strong in communication/journalism
-- 35 public universities strong in business
-- 39 public universities strong in engineering

The guide also highlights biological sciences, economics, environmental studies, nursing, pharmacy, social welfare, premed studies, allied health, fine arts, education, business and Spanish and Portuguese as among KU's strongest programs.

Recent college ranking guides have given KU high marks. For instance:

-- The Princeton Review named the KU business and law schools to its list of the best schools in the nation.

-- In a new book, the publisher of Forbes magazine named the university one of the top 10 "IQ Campuses" in the nation for its respected Center for Research and the strength of its engineering and science departments.

-- This fall's annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings placed KU and its professional schools of business and engineering among the top 50 in the nation.

-- In April, U.S. News ranked 25 KU graduate programs in the top 25 among the nation's public universities in its 2005 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."

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