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Cadet 1st Class Ryan Kolesar secures a scale model of the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle to a pylon in an Academy Aeronautics Lab wind tunnel for NASA. The Academy was ranked No. 1 in the nation by high school guidance counselors and second in the nation in aeronautical and astronautical engineering by U.S. News and World Report. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Mike Kaplan)
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High school counselors rate USAFA No. 1

Posted 9/16/2011   Updated 9/16/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by John Van Winkle
Air Force Academy Public Affairs


9/16/2011 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy was ranked No. 1 in the nation by high school guidance counselors and second in the nation in aeronautical and astronautical engineering Monday by U.S. News and World Report's Best College Rankings of 2012.

Other accolades the Academy earned include a tie for the No. 5 position in undergraduate engineering programs with California Polytechnic University and the U.S. Naval Academy, No. 5 among undergraduate electrical engineering programs, No. 33 among liberal-arts colleges and No. 55 among undergraduate business school programs.

High school counselor rankings are new to the U.S. News rankings, according to a release announcing the rankings.

"In spring 2011, we asked guidance from counselors from all the high schools in U.S. News' 2010 Best High Schools rankings, as well as from the largest private independent schools nationwide, to tell us which national universities and national liberal arts colleges they think offer the best undergraduate education to their students," a U.S. News and World Report release states. "They rated the universities on a scale of one to five, with five being the top score."

Almost three out of four classes at the Academy have fewer than 20 students, and the overall student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1.



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9/26/2011 11:10:10 AM ET
Way to go to the staff and faculty of the USAFA I think most of us already knew this and that US News is about to be enlightened on the First Class program at the USAFA
Mark Reetz, West DesMoines IA
 
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