Boston College Improves 'US News' Ranking, Shares 30th Spot with UNC-Chapel Hill

Boston College has risen to 30th among national universities and colleges, its highest ranking to-date, in the annual US News & World Report survey released Tuesday morning.

BC was ranked 31st in the survey last year. Its rise in the rankings, according to a press release sent by the Office of News & Public Affairs on Tuesday, was "bolstered by improvements in faculty, and financial resources, reflecting the University's strategic investments in faculty and instructional support."

BC jumped from 31st to 30th in the ratings after receiving higher high school counselor and alumni giving ratings than last year's US News survey, according to the release.

Sharing the 30th spot with BC is the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, which boasts a similar range of prestigious faculty and purposefully invests in providing exemplary resources for its student body.

Provost David Quigley said he was pleased to see the University's climb in the rankings: "The investment made possible by the Light the World campaign continue to pay off, and we can see evidence of our success each day in the work being done by our students and faculty in our classrooms and in our laboratories, on campus and around Boston and across the world."

The survey, seen as the authoritative ranking of U.S. universities, ranks top institutions in the country based on a specific criteria, which includes "up to 16 key measures of quality."

Among them, the school's "undergraduate academic reputation" - determined by surveying thousands of high school counselors -  is the most important factor used to determine ranking, contributing to about 22.5-percent of the specific school's final score that is then compared to other prestigious U.S. national universities and colleges.

While BC rose in the rankings, they were passed by the University of Michigan (29th), Wake Forest University and Tufts University (tied-27th).

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