UVA still second best among public universities

The University of Virginia has what it takes to be one of the top schools in the country, says the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Among public schools, UVA ranked second for the eighth year in a row – tied with UCLA.

The University of California, Berkeley tops the list. Rounding out the top five are the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to UVA Today, the University ranked 25th overall, tied again with UCLA and Wake Forest. When it comes to ranking average dollar for student, research and other financial resources, UVA didn’t sparkle and was ranked at No. 60.

In the past couple of years, UVA has seen its state support dwindle. UVA has been hit with $36.8 million in budget reductions since late 2007, according to a 2010 Board of Visitors meeting. Additional reductions were anticipated for the 2011-2012 academic year. By comparison, UCLA ranked 23rd.

The UVA McIntire School of Commerce, an undergraduate business program, retained its previous year’s ranking, 5th in the nation. UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science rose two spots to No. 34.  

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