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UO rises in rankings (academic, too)

It’s that time of year again, and the University of Oregon is in midseason form – for college rankings.
The UO has gained mentions this summer for being among the top colleges ranked by U.S News & World Report, Princeton Review, Campus Pride, Parade magazine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and others.

“Selecting the right university is a complex decision for students and faculty and they should view rankings like these as part of the overall analysis,” UO President Richard Lariviere said when the U.S. News rankings were released.
That rankings list of 1,400 schools – perhaps the most widely recognized of college rankings – put the UO at No. 111 in the “Best National Universities” list of top-tier institutions for 2011. A year ago, the UO ranked 115th in the category.
The UO’s Lundquist College of Business was ranked 42nd in the U.S. News top 50 list for “Best Business Programs.” Campus-wide, UO freshmen students in the top 10 percent of their high school classes increased to 28 percent for the 2011 rankings – up 2 percent from 2010 and 5 percent from 2009.
The Princeton Review (not affiliated with Princeton University) again included the UO on its list of the “Best 373 Colleges,” noting the university’s green rating of 96 and quality of life rating of 79 on a scale of 99.
Parade magazine put the UO on its “College A-List” under the category of large state schools, noting the availability of outdoor activities, a “fun big sports atmosphere” and Greek life for those students who choose fraternities and sororities. “The University of Oregon can be all things to all people,” the magazine said.
In a somewhat more obscure list, Shanghai Jiao Ton University’s annual ranking of the world’s top 500 universities placed the UO in a range between No. 201 and No. 300.
And the UO came out first among 230 universities in a ranking by Campus Pride of the most gay-friendly colleges in the U.S. The rankings were based on eight factors of lesbian-, gay-, bisexual- and transgender-friendliness, including institutional commitment, student life, campus safety and recruitment and retention.

Originally published by The Inside Oregon. Read the original story here