KUSA - When comparing Colorado Universities, we never want to say one school is better than the other because they actually are very different.
When you compare the University of Colorado and Colorado State University to other academic institutions around the county and around the world - they are both great.
U.S. News and World Report ranks colleges based on what they offer and in comparison to schools across the country.
According to the annual report CU, Boulder ranks 89th among national universities and CSU ranks 127th among national universities.
U.S. News uses a specific method to rank colleges:
First, it places colleges into categories based on their mission. CU and CSU are both categorized as National Universities – meaning they offer a full range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral programs. Second, they gather information from each school in 16 areas related to academic excellence. Each of these areas is then assigned a weight, expressed as a percentage. Third, the colleges are ranked based on their overall weighted score.
For some context among national universities - both CU and CSU come in ahead of Rutgers, Louisiana State, Hofstra, and the Univeristy of Wyoming.
Other rankings from U.S. News and World Report:
University of Colorado, Boulder ranks:
37th among top public schools.
34th for best business programs.
36th for best undergraduate engineering programs.
10th for aerospace engineering.
Colorado State ranks:
61st among top public schools.
93-rd for best business programs.
70th for best undergraduate engineering programs.
College Values ranks Colorado State 26th for best agricultural colleges.
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