Also Rated ‘Most Diverse,’ and in Top Tier of Best National Unviersities

Newark campus
NEWARK, N.J. –  Rutgers University, Newark, has been recognized in three categories of the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings of American college and universities.  For the first time, U.S. News & World Report has named Rutgers University in Newark as one of America’s “A-Plus Colleges for B Students” among national universities.  U.S. News defines these as institutions where “nonsuperstar” high school students can thrive academically.

The latest rankings also again designate Rutgers, Newark, as the nation’s “Most Diverse” national university, an honor it has held annually since 1997, the first year that U.S. News & World Report began ranking student ethnic diversity.  In the classification of Best National Universities, Rutgers, Newark, is listed in the top tier, at 143 of the 262 national universities.

Steven J. Diner, chancellor of Rutgers-Newark, stated, “We are delighted to be ranked number one in diversity for the 14th  consecutive year. The unique racial, ethnic and religious diversity of Rutgers-Newark provides unparalleled learning opportunities for our students, and prepares them uniquely for an ever more global world.”

The U.S. News & World Report 2011 Best Colleges rankings compare more than 1,400 accredited four-y

Steven J. Diner
ear schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors that determine the rankings are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities, "graduation rate performance" and high school counselor ratings of colleges.  U.S. News classifies Rutgers University, Newark, as a “national university” based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Institutions are assigned to a category on the basis of factors including undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral degrees, and research programs.

The publication’s rankings are a popular and comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The full listing of rankings, which include ratings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report.  For more details on the 2011 Best Colleges' ranking methodology and presentation, go to .






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