UT drops one spot to 47th in national college rankings

College rankings are out and the University of Tennessee dropped, moving back one spot.

UT is ranked 47th among all public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2014 rankings released Tuesday. Last year, UT was ranked 46th.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek says the ranking is just a "little blip on the screen" in the university's initiative to become a top 25 public research university. He says some things need to continue to reach that goal.

"It's going to take continued effort, renewed effort, double down effort to increase retention and graduation rates primarily. And the others I think will fall into place. Those need to move significantly," said Chancellor Cheek.

Looking at how other local colleges landed in the rankings, Carson-Newman University was ranked number 12 among the South's Best Regional Colleges. Tennessee Wesleyan College was ranked 41st in that region.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Maryville College number 176 on its list of 248 national liberal arts colleges.

In the rankings this year, USA Today reports there was more emphasis on graduation rates and less on admissions numbers. It was actually the most heavily weighted factor, according to the paper.


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