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Air Force Academy places high in US News’ college rankings

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the Air Force Academy high in several categories in their annual ‘Best Colleges’ report released in September 2020. The Academy was ranked third in the Top Public School category.

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – U.S. News & World Report ranks the Air Force Academy high in several categories in their annual ‘Best Colleges’ report released this week.

The Academy was ranked third in the Top Public School category. The Academy also tied for third in Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering at schools where doctorate degrees are not offered. 

 The school tied for fifth place with the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) for Best Undergraduate Engineering Program, also where doctorate degrees are not offered.

 Several other categories in which the Academy scored significant rankings include:

  • #10 Both Electrical/Electronic/Communications and Mechanical Engineering
  • #28 National Liberal Arts College
  • #29 Most Innovative Schools
  • #43 Best in Undergraduate Teaching

“We are honored to continue being recognized as one of the top universities in the nation. We’re very proud of our world-class faculty, and we continually strive to improve all facets at the Academy. Not only in providing a first-class education to our cadets, but also in developing leaders of character worthy of serving our nation in the Air Force and Space Force,” said Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, Academy spokesman.

The U.S. News rankings methodology is based on several factors -- the most heavily weighted factors include student outcomes such as Graduation and Retention Rates, as well as an Assessment of Excellence where U.S. News evaluates schools on hundreds of data points and up to 17 measures of academic quality.

 For a full list of how the Academy was ranked, visit: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/air-force-academy-1369/overall-rankings