Baylor Ranks in Second Tier in U.S. News Survey

Sept. 12, 1995

by Colin M. Witt

WACO, Texas - For the second consecutive year, Baylor University has been ranked in the second tier among national universities in the latest listing of America's Best Colleges, compiled by U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine listed 229 top national universities, placing Baylor among the second tier of schools ranked 51st to 115th. Other second tier schools include Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Harvard University was the No.1-ranked national university for the sixth straight year, followed by Princeton University and Yale University. Rice University was No. 16, the only Texas college to score in the top tier.

The magazine's survey of business schools ranked Baylor's Hankamer School of Business fourth nationally for entrepreneurship, behind Babson College in Babson Park, Mass., the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California. Dr. Nancy B. Upton, the Ben H. Williams Professor in Entrepreneurship and director of the Institute for Family Business, heads the Baylor entrepreneurship program. She was recently named Entrepreneur Educator of the Year by the Education Division of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

To arrive at the rankings, U.S. News compiled a reputational survey of college officials at 1,400 accredited four-year colleges and universities. The magazine classified schools into one of four categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities and regional liberal arts colleges.

U.S. News surveyed college presidents, deans and admissions directors, asking them to rate all of the schools in the same category as their own institutions. Respondents were asked to place each school into one of four quartiles based upon its reputation. The reputational rankings were combined with educational data that had been provided by the colleges themselves, including student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni satisfaction.

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