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Temple shines in recent national undergrad rankings


Along with new students and faculty recruits, the arrival of fall also has brought a flood of good news about Temple’s undergraduate programs from various national higher education rankings and ratings services, including U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review.


The continued rise of undergraduate programs at Temple’s Fox School of Business and Management highlighted the release of U.S.News’ 2007 national undergraduate rankings. The Fox School’s undergraduate programs climbed to number 73, up from 77 last year. Two undergraduate specialties at Fox ascended into the national elite: risk management and insurance rose to number 5 (up from number 7 last year) and international business programs rose to number 10 (up from number 16 last year).


Temple’s latest national rankings

U.S. News & World Report
- Undergrad risk management & insurance: No. 5
- Undergrad international business: No. 10
- Overall undergrad business program: No. 73
- College Learning Communities: Top 35

Entrepreneur magazine
- Undergrad entrepreneurship programs: No. 4 in the U.S.; No. 1 in the region
- Grad entrepreneurship programs: No. 7

DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education
- Institutions producing the most African-American baccalaureates: No. 6
- Institutions producing the most African-American baccalaureates with degrees in education and psychology: No. 4

Princeton Review’s 2007 The 361 Best Colleges
- Most diverse student population: No. 8

Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review combined forces to release their own business-related rankings last week. In the October issue of Entrepreneur, Temple’s undergraduate entrepreneurship programs were ranked fourth-best in the nation, as well as best in the tri-state Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region and among public urban universities nationwide. (Temple’s graduate entrepreneurship programs were seventh best in the nation.)


High ratings for Temple were not limited to business education. In its “Programs to Look For” ratings, U.S.News also rated Temple as one of only 35 colleges and universities with outstanding examples of “learning communities” — linked courses with a common theme, such as architecture or pre-med, that are experienced by a single group of students.


This summer, DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education ranked Temple sixth in the nation (and the only Pennsylvania institution in the top 60) in its annual list of institutions that produce the most African-American baccalaureates. Four out of the five institutions ahead of Temple are historically black colleges. DIVERSE also ranked Temple eighth in the nation among institutions producing the most African-American baccalaureates with degrees in education and psychology.

The recently published 2007 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual guide, The 361 Best Colleges, also acknowledged recent improvements at Temple. In its ratings of overall “academics,” Temple received higher scores than nearby state universities such as Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers and Drexel. According to Best Colleges’ student surveys, Temple’s rating for “quality of life” for undergraduates is now higher than the University of Pennsylvania’s and the University of Delaware’s, as well as those at the four universities listed above.


Best Colleges’ student surveys single out Temple’s diversity, urban location, computer facilities, library, athletic facilities, safety and off-campus food for special praise.

Student survey respondents wrote that Temple’s “student body is so diverse,” which makes the University “a great place to learn and live.”


“This is Philly,” wrote another Best Colleges survey participant. “There are always things to do. There are plenty of museums and historical tours, there are many places to shop, and the food is so diverse and tasty.”

CHP, Fox faculties in research top 10

The faculties of Temple’s College of Health Professions and Fox School of Business and Management have made the top 10 in two different national research rankings.

According to the National Institutes of Health’s recently released ranking of schools of allied health receiving the most NIH research awards, CHP researchers ranked eighth in the nation in fiscal year 2005 — Temple’s highest ranking ever, up from 12th in FY 2004.

The Fox School’s international business faculty also earned a high ranking for their research productivity. A paper published in a recent issue of the journal International Business Review ranked Fox’s international business faculty as the sixth most productive in the nation, as measured by research published by major academic international business journals from 1995 to 2004.


Hillel J. Hoffmann

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