August 16, 2007 – The latest issue of U.S. News & World Report/America’s Best Colleges showcases two popular programs at the University of Utah. The magazine ranked the U’s College of Engineering at number 70 nationally and the U’s Service Learning Program was honored as one of its “Programs to Look For.”
The 2008 America’s Best College issue hits newsstands on Monday, August 20th.
Engineering Dean Richard B. Brown attributes the national recognition of his program in part to Utah’s engineering initiative which has helped provide for new faculty, facilities, and infrastructure. The Warnock Engineering Building was completed earlier this year and is an exciting new addition to the college. Brown says “The University of Utah will continue to educate the engineers of tomorrow and maintain its supply of leaders and innovators demanded by this region’s fast growing economy.”
Service Learning continues to be a bright spot for the U’s Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. The U was one of just 23 schools mentioned by U.S. News & World Report in that category. “The Bennion Center’s success is the result of University support for our program and the combined efforts of students, faculty, and community agencies working in partnership to ensure a quality experience,” said Director Marshall Welch. Service Learning programs are described by the magazine as those that offer volunteer work in the community as an instructional strategy. What’s learned in the field bolsters what happens in class and vice versa.
The University of Utah is also being recognized By U.S. News for having an undergraduate student population with one of the least amounts of debt. Only 46 percent of students graduating from the U have some college debt, averaging $13,714. Parent’s loans are not included.
For a complete listing of the U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges visit http://www.usnews.com.