October 1, 1998
U.S. News & World Report continues to rank Tulane among the top universities in the nation for both quality and value of its education. Tulane was ranked No. 36 among the nation's best universities for overall quality.
The magazine's rankings of schools are based on seven "indicators of excellence" including academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation-rate performance and alumni giving.
Tulane is 12th among the nation's best educational values, according to the magazine's latest rankings. The educational value ranking compares a school's overall quality with a student's net cost of attending the school. Tulane's company in the top 12 includes Stanford, the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia.
The rankings, which were published in the magazine's Aug. 24 issue, were a drop from last year's rankings, where Tulane rated 34th for overall quality and sixth for value. U.S. News surveys approximately 1,400 accredited universities throughout the nation. The rankings are determined by questionnaires completed by each university.
The magazine also asks the president, provost and dean of admission at each school to rate their fellow institutions based on the selected criteria. "We welcome these rankings as one indicator, among many, of the quality and value of a Tulane education," said Tulane President Scott Cowen.
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