Chancellor's Message: Improvement in U.S. News ranking

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Congratulations are in order!

U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" ranking, released Tuesday, ranks UIC in a five-way tie at No. 128 among national universities, an improvement of 19 spots from the previous year, when we were in a four-way tie at 147. Among the publics, we jumped from 77 to 63. UIC's climb represents the largest improvement among Chicago-area schools this year, as noted Tuesday in Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Sun-Times.

We are also proud to be recognized to be among the schools whose 2012 graduates had the least amount of debt; to be ranked among the top 10 national universities for ethnic diversity and among the top 30 for economic diversity; and to have a number of perennially high-ranked programs, both undergraduate and graduate. On Monday we also were ranked globally at No. 192 -- 50th in the U.S. -- by QS World University Rankings, as reported in The Guardian (UK).

Rankings rise and fall, of course; often due to a change in the assessor's methodology. In this case, U.S. News did change their metrics, to a system that treats urban-serving institutions like ours more fairly, and they are to be congratulated for it. But our standing reflects true strength, and improvement, on our part.

What caused the jump in our overall U.S. News ranking Tuesday is, quite simply, all of you. Everyone at UIC is focused on the success of our students, and this is evident, no matter how it is measured. I thank all of you for your boundless dedication to our students' learning, well-being, and success.


Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor