UIC moves up in national rankings
October 5, 2018

Photo by Jenny Fontaine
UIC ranks among the top ten Best Values, according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rankings.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) moved up in the annual Best Colleges rankings published in September by U.S. News & World Report, climbing to number 61 from 73rd among top public schools in the nation and rising to number 129 from 145th among all national universities.

UIC also placed among the top 15 ethnically diverse national universities.

“The rankings point to the continued importance we place on the academic quality and reputation of our faculty and programs,” said UIC Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis. “It is encouraging that our commitment to excellence and achievement nationally are being recognized through these rankings.”

Factors such as graduation and freshman retention rates and undergraduate academic reputation determine schools’ placement in the 2019 edition rankings.

UIC tied with five other public institutions: the Universities of Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska-Lincoln, and Texas-Dallas.

UIC also ranked among the top 100 for its undergraduate business and engineering programs; ranked as an A+ school for business students among national universities; and was 129th among best value schools in the national universities category.

The magazine’s National Universities rankings present data from 312 public, private, and for-profit U.S.-based colleges and universities that offer a full range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. These colleges also demonstrate commitment to groundbreaking research.

UIC ranks 7th on the Best Values list—just behind Harvard University—in this year’s Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) rankings.

UIC also comes in at number 29 among more than 400 U.S. public universities, according to the 2019 ranking.

For the first time, those compiling the rankings analyzed the top 250 universities further to create a Best Values list, which considers overall ranking, tuition, fees, housing, and federal and institutional aid. UIC came in at number 7—ahead of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Rutgers, and Stanford in the top ten list.

Analysis for the WSJ/THE overall rankings bases decisions on 15 factors across four categories: student outcomes, resources, engagement, and environment. It also considers more than 200,000 student survey responses on topics such as class difficulty, ease of collaborating with classmates, and how course material applies to the real world.