Birmingham’s Samford University takes home the Yellowhammer State’s top spot in the inaugural Wall Street Journal-Times Higher Education survey of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities released on Tuesday.
Samford ranked the top university in the state, while ranking 218th overall out of the 1,061 U.S. universities and colleges considered. The ranking is drawn from 15 performance indicators in four categories — student outcomes, school resources, student engagement and the learning environment (diversity) — that have been selected in order to answer the questions that matter the most when choosing a university.
Forty percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including how they fare after leaving campus, 30 percent from the school’s resources, 20 percent from how well it engages its students and 10 percent from the learning environment.
Samford scored highest in student engagement, based on survey results. The university also has a three-year average of 93 percent of its undergraduates having jobs or being in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Samford’s student-faculty ratio is a relatively low 13 to 1.
“Rankings are just one measure of a university’s effectiveness and reputation, but it is especially rewarding to be so highly ranked in our state and nationally by an organization as prestigious as The Wall Street Journal,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. “Because student engagement and outcomes are key to these rankings, it affirms the work of our faculty and staff in providing the rigorous academic preparation our students need to be successful in the marketplace.”
Here’s a look at how all of Alabama’s college included in the rankings fared: