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Boise State Named Among ‘Top Up-And-Coming Schools’ by U.S. News and World Report

By:    Published 12:49 pm / August 21, 2009

Boise State University was ranked among the nation’s and West’s “top up-and-coming schools” in U.S. News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

Released Thursday, the magazine ranked Boise State No. 3 in the western division of its “Keep an Eye on These Schools” list for master’s degree institutions. In all, just 77 “colleges and universities that have recently made striking improvements or innovations,” including national universities and liberal arts colleges from across the country, made the list.

Colleges and universities included in the rankings “were singled out as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities,” the magazine said. Rankings were based on the responses of experts who answered the magazine’s annual peer assessment survey.

“This newest distinction based on academic quality confirms our progress as a university of choice for talented students across the West.” said Bob Kustra, president of Boise State.

Joining Boise State on the western division of the “Keep an Eye on These Schools” list were Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (Calif.), Santa Clara University (Calif.), which tied for first on the list, Chapman University (Calif.) and St. Edward’s University (Texas). Boise State shares the third place spot with Chapman.

The article commented, “for prospective applicants, we believe the schools on this list offer the reassurance that whatever their historical reputation (or lack of it), they’re firmly focused on improving the job they are doing today – at least in the judgment of their peers.”

In addition, Boise State’s College of Engineering was again ranked among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation by the magazine. Ranked at No. 15 among comprehensive public universities, Boise State also shared the No. 42 ranking among all undergraduate engineering programs with California State University-Long Beach (Calif.) and Manhattan College (N.Y.).