By Mike Leonard
Indiana University’s Bloomington campus dropped a few notches in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, moving from the 75th best national university in 2010 and 2011 to 83rd in the 2013 edition released today.
The slight dip also knocked IU out of the publication’s Top 30 Public National Universities list, bumping the university to 31st.
But the Kelley School of Business again fared well in the ratings for undergraduate business education, coming in 11th in the nation, one spot better than last year, in the peer-based evaluation. That put IU behind only the University of Michigan among Big Ten colleagues and tied with Notre Dame. Kelley’s entrepreneurship program was ranked second, behind Babson College in Massachusetts and ahead of luminaries including the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania, Marshall school at the University of Southern California and the Sloan school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
IU also was listed among national leaders, again through peer surveys, for its First Year Experience and Study Abroad programs.
IU again showed up in the category that is meant to be complimentary but sounds like a proverbial left-handed compliment: “A-Plus Schools for B Students.” IU had plenty of company in that category, including Big Ten peers Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa and Nebraska and other notably strong schools such as Miami University of Ohio, Pepperdine, Syracuse, Temple, Massachusetts and Missouri.
“We are certainly pleased by the improvement in our U.S. News ranking. There are over 3,000 business schools in the U.S. and being ranked 11th clearly places us among the nation’s elite programs,” Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School, said in a statement released by IU.
“The U.S. News ranking of business schools is based on our overall reputation. It reflects the extraordinary quality of our faculty, ranked among the top 10 in the world in terms of research impact, our students and our commitment to constant innovation. We do not focus on rankings, but rather, on providing a truly world-class student experience,” Smith added.
IUPUI was again named an “Up-and-Comer” institution based on comments from university presidents, provosts and admissions deans. The Indianapolis campus also got notice for its First-Year Experience, its Learning Communities and its Service Learning programs.