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Opelika-Auburn News

Friday, August 22, 2003

U.S. News & World Report magazine - for the 11th consecutive year - has rated Auburn University as the highest ranked public university in the state of Alabama.

In its annual rankings for 2003-2004, the magazine listed AU No. 44 among the top 50 public national universities - down one spot from a year ago - and tied with the University of Kansas, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Tennessee.

However, the only SEC-member universities that ranked ahead of Auburn in the overall national ratings were the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, both of which receive substantially higher per student state appropriations than Auburn.

AU President William F. Walker said he was pleased by Auburn’s ability to maintain its high national ranking, despite continuing economic uncertainties.

"The fact that Auburn continues be independently ranked in the top 50 among public universities and third among SEC-member schools is truly amazing, considering the funding crisis that this institution operates under on nearly an annual basis," he said.

"Our faculty, staff, students and Board of Trustees deserve all the accolades. We continue to excel under financial restraints that universities ranked ahead of us are not altogether familiar with. I am proud of what Auburn has achieved, but we must always continue to set the bar higher."

It is the 11th consecutive year that AU has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s top 50. The No. 1 ranked universities - in a tie - were Harvard and Princeton.

"This is another example of how Auburn does more with less," said Earlon McWhorter, president pro tem of the AU Board of Trustees. "I think it’s amazing what we do at Auburn with the funds we receive."

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