Wake Forest University ranks 28th among 248 national universities in the 2004 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s guide, “America’s Best Colleges.”
Wake Forest tied with two other schools for 25th place in last year’s edition. This year, the university’s overall score remained the same.
The annual guide, which announced its new rankings Aug. 21, recognized Wake Forest for its small classes, low student/faculty ratio, and freshman retention rate. The university also fared well in the alumni giving and financial resources categories.
U.S. News ranked Wake Forest’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy 21st in its listing of the country’s top undergraduate business programs. The Calloway School was ranked 25th last year. The ranking of the best business programs is based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at business schools across the country.
For the second year, U.S. News placed Wake Forest on its list of schools with outstanding first-year experiences. The schools on the list were selected based on surveys of college presidents, chief academic officers and deans of students asking for “outstanding examples of academic programs that lead to student success.”
Wake Forest offers 34 majors to approximately 4,000 undergraduates. As mentioned in the U.S. News guide, 61 percent of Wake Forest classes have fewer than 20 students. Ninety-three percent of Wake Forest freshmen return for their sophomore year.
The U.S. News rankings will be posted on www.usnews.com on Aug. 22. The newsstand book, “America’s Best Colleges,” will go on sale on Aug. 25.
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