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Aug. 18, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

Top college guides name KU as one the country’s best public universities

LAWRENCE — Two of the nation’s top college guides have ranked the University of Kansas among the country’s best public universities, one of which deemed KU one of 19 public university “best buys.”

The just-released 2007 Fiske Guide to Colleges lists KU as a best buy, while the 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report magazine once again ranks KU in the top 50 of all of the country’s public universities.

The Fiske guide, which USA Today called “the best college guide you can buy,” praises KU’s “solid academics, outstanding extracurricular programs, winning athletics and stellar social life.” KU was the only Kansas university ranked by the Fiske guide.

Academically, KU is cited for “unusual strength” in a variety of disciplines, including architecture, business, communications and journalism, engineering and film and television. The university’s environmental studies, nursing, pharmacy, social welfare and pre-med programs were also recognized.

The student body earned high marks for its energy and eagerness to play a significant role in the community. One KU senior said in the guide that students participate in just about every political and social issue facing the community. “Students at KU, for the most part, are active members of the KU and Lawrence community,” another student was quoted as saying. “They care about the institution and what’s going on.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. News college guide ranks KU at 39th in the nation among public universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s undergraduate engineering program also was ranked, placing 42nd in the country among public universities.

In U.S. News’ 2006 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released earlier this year, KU has 42 nationally ranked programs — 24 in the top 25 and 11 in the top 10 among public universities. KU’s special education program and the city management and urban policy program are each ranked No. 1 among public universities.


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