KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The University of Tennessee was ranked the 46th best public university in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.
The publication ranks the best colleges in the country by comparing the academics of more than 1,800 schools. Also, the graduation and retention rates of each school plays a factor.
“We are becoming a better university every day, which is reflected in the broad range of metrics that we use to measure our progress,” said UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “I am proud of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for what we’ve been able to accomplish together. Our success has made a tremendous difference for our students and improved our impact on our state.”
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The College of Engineering is ranked 32nd among public schools and is 57th in the country. Also, the university was ranked 31st among public schools and 66th in the country for supporting veterans. The university says more than 475 veterans are enrolled. More than 375 military spouses and dependents are enrolled at the university.
The Haslam College of Business is 30th among public schools and 48th in the country. The college’s undergraduate supply chain management program was ranked third in the country.
“Continued recognition of our top-notch supply chain program by U.S. News and World Report underscores similar honors by industry rankings such as Gartner,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair. “The successes of supply chain, and the gains achieved by the Haslam College of Business broadly, are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students. We will continue to strive for high standards in business education and outcomes that improve the world.”
UT moved up one spot compared to the 2016 rankings. The school’s graduation rate increased to 70 percent. Student ACT/SAT percentile scores are rising and 54 percent of the freshman class were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
The school tied with the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama and Illinois Institute of Technology.