UT Knoxville maintains rank among top U.S. public institutions

UT Knoxville maintains rank among top U.S. public institutions

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, kept its place among the nation's Top 50 public institutions, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2013 undergraduate rankings released Wednesday.

UT Knoxville is ranked 46th among all public universities and 101st among all national universities, which is the same as last year.

Areas where UT improved in U.S. News' ranking criteria since 2011 include: the overall graduation rate, reduced class sizes, more faculty resources and financial resources, and the percentage of college freshmen who are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.

The undergraduate business program's specialty in supply chain management/logistics is ranked seventh nationally and fifth among public universities, also the same as last year.

Among public universities, the overall business program is ranked 27th and UT's undergraduate engineering program is ranked 36th.

Last year, UT tied with nine other universities in the rankings.

This year, UT tied with four: Iowa State University, the University of California-Riverside, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Oklahoma.

UT officials keep a close eye on lists such as U.S. News' annual rankings as the university continues its journey toward being a top 25 public research university.

The Top 25 initiative includes recruiting and retaining excellent students, hiring world-class faculty and staff, and strengthening capacity and productivity in research and scholarships.

"We are pleased with our ranking," said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek in a press release. "We believe we are doing the right things to move our university forward. We have made progress in all the measures we have set for ourselves; moving up in the rankings is a slow process because it's a very competitive environment."

U.S. News and World Report ranks universities based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, resources and alumni giving. The list includes 281 American colleges and universities offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

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