University makes steady gains in annual U.S. News rankings

The University of Oregon jumped to a tie for 98th in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings for best national universities, breaking into the top 100 for the second time and up from a tie for 105 in the 2023 rankings.

In the new rankings, which were released Monday, Sept. 18, the UO also held steady in tie for 49th within the top 50 of public universities.

President Karl Scholz, who began this tenure July 1, has made student learning and achievement an institutional priority.

“The UO aspires to provide a world-class education for all our students that includes enriching experiences and guides them on their journey to becoming fulfilled citizens,” UO President Karl Scholz said. “We are proud be among the top 4 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities, and pleased to be recognized for our quality."

The university was ranked 65th for best college for veterans among national universities. The university creates a supportive environment for veterans transitioning from military service to academia through its Student Veterans Center, which provides services and resources that include study and meeting space, computer and printing stations, staff assistance with personal and academic needs, and community veteran service providers.

The Peer Advisors for Veteran Education at the UO connects incoming student veterans with those already on campus who are trained to help them navigate college life.

The UO also earned notable rankings in several undergraduate fields, scored by academics and officials familiar with the programs.

The Lundquist College of Business ranked 47 for undergraduate program in business.

The College of Arts and Sciences landed at 71st in computer science, 88th in economics and 51st in psychology.

As noted by U.S. News and World Reports, five longstanding factors were dropped from this year's rankings calculations: proportion of graduates who borrowed federal loans, high school class standing, alumni giving rate, terminal degree faculty and class size.