How did Utah colleges fare on US News rankings?

Dixie State University in St. George is pictured on
Friday, April 9, 2021. Dixie State University ranked 11th through
17th among top public colleges in the West and placed 37th through
48th overall in the region in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report’s
college rankings.

Dixie State University in St. George is pictured on Friday, April 9, 2021. Dixie State University ranked 11th through 17th among top public colleges in the West and placed 37th through 48th overall in the region in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — Not to project too much here, but Snow College President Brad Cook is likely bringing doughnuts to the office tomorrow.

The college with campuses in Ephraim and Richfield, Snow College ranked seventh among public colleges in the West region in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report's college rankings and 28th overall in the West with private colleges included.

U.S. News rankings are based on measures of quality, including outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources and student excellence.

In 2020, Snow College was ranked No. 1 in the nation for student success, according to an unsolicited report by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The college, which offers associate degrees and some bachelor's degrees, boasts an 85% success rate, according to its website. About 43% of its students graduate and 42% transfer.

While no other Utah institutions ranked in the top 10 of their respective categories in the annual rankings, Dixie State University ranked 11th through 17th among top public colleges in the West and placed 37th through 48th overall in the region.

Westminster College, a private liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, ranked 18th among colleges in the West region, also ranking ninth best college for veterans.

Southern Utah University ranked 32nd among public universities in the West region, while Weber State University was 39th and Utah Valley University was ranked 50th through 66th.

Among national universities, Brigham Young University ranked 79th, the University of Utah was 99th and Utah State University was 249th.

Among top public universities nationally, the U. ranked 42nd and Utah State ranked 123rd. The top five public institutions nationally were UCLA for the fifth consecutive year, University of California - Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Virginia and University of California - Santa Barbara.

USU's online bachelor degree program ranked 21st nationally.

The U.'s Entertainment Arts & Engineering program, which teaches video game design and development, was ranked No. 3 in the country for best undergraduate game design programs. Since the program's launch in 2007, it has routinely been ranked among the best video game design programs in the country.

"Our recognition among the very top programs speaks to the growing importance of games education nationally and the University of Utah's role in shaping the future of games. Employers are looking for strong game developers to advance the games industry, and EAE students graduate with an advantage," said program director Michael Young in a statement.

The U.'s physician assistant program ranked No. 4 nationally behind Duke University, the University of Iowa and Baylor College of Medicine.

The U.'s nursing program was ranked 23rd while the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine ranked 41st and its S.J. Quinney School of Law school tied for 43rd. The U.'s David Eccles School of Business undergraduate entrepreneurship program ranked eighth, while the graduate program was ranked 12th.

Meanwhile, BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School ranked 29th.

Not all ranked Utah colleges or universities or programs are included in this story.

This was the 37th edition of the Best Colleges rankings, which are intended to help students and their families make the right college choice, according to the U.S. News website.

The compilation includes rankings for 1,466 colleges and universities. More than 1,850 schools reported most of the data to U.S. News in an annual survey and are asked to confirm the accuracy of their data.

U.S. News measured academic quality using 17 metrics, which included the ability of a college to retain and graduate its students from different socioeconomic backgrounds but also their graduates' average indebtedness.

Other key metrics include class size, undergraduate academic reputation and how much colleges invest in instruction and student services.

The top 10 national universities were mostly unchanged from a year ago: Princeton University at No. 1, with Columbia University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tied at No. 2.

Yale University ranked No. 5 in 2022, dropping from No. 4 in 2021.

Stanford University and the University of Chicago remained tied at No. 6. The University of Pennsylvania remained at No. 8. Four colleges tied at No. 9: California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. Duke is the only new school to crack the top 10, moving up from No. 12 in the previous year's rankings.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated the U. David Eccles School of Business entrepreneurial program ranked 12th nationally. The school's undergraduate program is ranked eighth while the graduate program is ranked 12th in the 2022 U.S. News rankings.

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