The University of Tulsa once again celebrates its distinction among American research universities in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday.
TU is No. 86 among national universities, according to the publication, which evaluates doctoral degree-granting institutions based on several key factors including peer assessment, high school counselor assessment and class sizes.
For 14 years, TU has been a Top 100 research university and remains the highest ranked college in the state. The University of Tulsa is home to more nationally competitive scholars than all other Oklahoma colleges combined and is the highest ranked for global collaboration in the state with international students making up about a quarter of the student body.
“With an average ACT score of 30, The University of Tulsa just welcomed its most academically talented group of freshmen to campus this fall. It’s also a diverse group of students: About 50 percent are from Oklahoma, 38 percent from other states and 12 percent from other countries; and 20 percent of our new students this fall are multicultural,” said university President Steadman Upham. “We are proud of all that our students, alumni and faculty have accomplished and anticipate even greater things as they continue to receive prestigious scholarships, internships and accolades that stoke the fires of excellence and success.”
TU works closely with students to develop financial aid packages that make it possible to earn a degree from a top 100 private university without struggling with a monetary burden after graduation. The university’s most recent outcome report showed that 64 percent of undergraduates went straight to work after commencement, 25 percent went to graduate school and 5 percent were taking time off, leaving only 6 percent seeking employment.
In its 2017 report, U.S. News examined 220 national universities, a classification developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. TU remains committed to small class sizes, as just 3 percent of classes contain 50 or more students; only six top 100 doctoral universities reported a lower percentage in this category.
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