Ohio University outshined 1,654 other schools.
Out of 1,800 U.S. based schools, OU has claimed spot #146, according to U.S. News & World Report for the 2017 Best Colleges Rankings.
The school’s top accomplishments include: #117 in high school counselors rankings, #74 of top public schools, #133 in business programs and #135 in doctorate engineering programs.
Based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, universities are ranked by student outcomes, such as graduation and retention rates, as well as academic excellence. Princeton University was seated at the top of the list for the sixth consecutive year.
Alec Koondel, a first year Master of Business Administration student is particularly pleased with the high ranking for the business program.
“As far as I’m concerned, that’s successful considering the innovations that have been done,” Koondel said. “It’s a very specialized program, combining real life experience with the actual community. While we’re in class, we also have opportunities to go out into real businesses for practical application.”
Snagging the #135 rank for doctorate engineering programs is also impressive, said Claire Schrantz, a sophomore studying engineering physics.
“I am planning on getting a doctorate,” Schrantz said. “A lot of my friends are currently pursuing their doctorate here, which I think is really cool. It’s nice to have graduate level students here at the university … It shows OU is more than a party school. We can also take academics seriously.”
OU has fallen from its party school throne, according to the Princeton Review, not even making the top 20 list this year.
Julie Tennison, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, believes the success of OU is all thanks to the faculty and her fellow students.
“It’s such a family,” Tennison said. “Everywhere you go, people are more than willing to help you. It’s so close knit. There’s so many different ways to get involved; it’s hard not to do well.”