It should come as no surprise to any Miami Hurricane fan that the University of Miami continues to make excellent strides in the NCAA Annual Progress Report (APR) rankings as well as many other well known and highly respected national rankings of colleges in the U.S.
In fact, the steady and consistent academic progress at UM over the past decade has resulted in Miami now being ranked among the top 40 academic institutions in the entire Nation.
In the 2012 edition of theU.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" issue, released today, the University of Miami has risen to number 38 - up from 47 last year, a nine point rise.
UM remains the highest ranked school in the state of Florida. In an impressive ascent, Miami has moved up 29 slots in the last 10 years, making it one of the fastest rising institutions among national universities in recent times.
"We are absolutely delighted that U.S. News & World Report has moved the University of Miami from 47 to 38. We were a top 50 school last year and we're a top 40 this year," said UM President Donna E. Shalala. "All the credit goes to our incredible faculty, student body, staff, trustees, alumni, parents, and all our supporters over the years.
Shalala continued by stating: "This has truly been a climb to excellence. The road to excellence means investments in our students, in our faculty, in our facilities. But more than anything else, it's a tribute to all of those who believe in the University of Miami, who believe in quality education. This is a success story not just for the University but our entire South Florida community."
UM is the only school currently in the top 50 to move up nine spots in one year and 29 spots in the past 10 years. UM's remarkable ascent in the rankings can be attributed to its marked improvement in key areas such as the six-year graduation rate, freshman retention rate, average SAT score of its incoming freshmen, and percentage of freshmen who were in the top 10% of their high school graduation class.
Here are some of the critical areas that are measured as part of the ranking process:
- The total number of applicants has nearly doubled from 13,080 in 2000 to 25,899 in 2010 and as a result the University has been more selective by only accepting 39% of all applicants.
- The 2010 mean SAT score is at a record 1295, up from 1175 in 2000.
- Sixty-eight percent of 2010 freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school graduating class compared to 45% in 2000.
- The six-year graduation rate in 2010 was at its highest ever at 80%, up from 62% in 2000.