UMass Amherst Ranked Among Top Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report

AMHERST, Mass. ­– The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the nation’s top 40 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings released today.

In the Top Public National Universities Category, UMass Amherst ranks No. 40, tied with three other schools. Among all national universities, public and private, UMass Amherst ranks No. 91, tied with five other institutions. Last year, the rankings placed UMass Amherst 42nd among public national universities and 97th among all national universities.

Best Colleges 2014 also lists the undergraduate engineering program at UMass Amherst ranked No. 59 in the country for schools that offer a doctorate in the field.

The United States has more than 2,700 four-year colleges and universities. The National Universities category created by U.S. News consists of 281 institutions (173 public, 101 private and seven for-profit) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees, and some, such as UMass Amherst, emphasize research.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the rankings are based on factors including graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.