What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, and Brown all have in common? Duh; they’re all Ivy League schools. But here’s a trickier question: What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and UMBC all have in common?
According to the US News & World Report’s annual college ranking, those schools boast the best undergraduate teaching in the nation. Perhaps that’s not so surprising when it comes to big-ticket Ivy League schools — when you’re paying $50k for one year of undergrad tuition, you’d better hope the teaching is good! But as a middle-ranked public school with a lot of commuting students, UMBC is a bit of an outlier on the list. Which makes the accolade even more impressive.
Of course, UMBC’s no stranger to praise; US News has consistently ranked it the nation’s top “up-and-coming” school. And everyone knows UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski’s one of the smartest and most influential guys in the greater Baltimore area. But I imagine that being ranked among the Ivies probably never gets old. Nice job, UMBC.
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