Virginia Tech is among the nation’s best universities, climbing several spots in a recent ranking of top U.S. institutions.

The university is No. 25 among public institutions and No. 69 for all national universities,  according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best College Rankings. Compared with last year’s report, Virginia Tech moved up five spots in its national universities ranking and two spots among public universities.

In both categories, Virginia Tech tied with several other institutions, including the University of Minnesota, Texas A&M University, and Rutgers University.

Annually, U.S. News ranks colleges and universities using graduation rates, faculty information, and admissions data, along with an institution’s academic reputation as determined by its peers.

Virginia Tech’s placement as one of the top institutions in the country comes as it positions itself to be a globally impactful land-grant university, with a focus on transformative academics, research, and service.

“Across each of our colleges and academic and research programs and throughout our campus community, Virginia Tech is creating a model for what the 21st-century university will look like and for how it will affect people around the world,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis. “Providing VT-shaped learning experiences for our students who will become leaders in solving global issues is at the heart of our motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and will serve as the foundation for our future success. Our efforts and contributions as a university community are captured both in the impacts we have on others and the rankings and recognitions we achieve. I congratulate our faculty, staff, and students on continuing to elevate Virginia Tech and making it an engaging destination for talent and progress.”

The U.S. News report also includes rankings for specific university colleges and ratings among various audiences.

Among schools that offer doctorate degrees, Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering ranks No. 9 for public institutions and No. 14 nationally, up two spots from last year, according to the report.

The Pamplin College of Business is No. 45 for best undergraduate business programs and No. 40 among public universities.

U.S. News also lists Virginia Tech as a top college pick for high school counselors and an A-plus schools for B students.  

Written by Jenny Boone

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