Auburn among top public schools in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings

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Auburn University is listed among the nation’s best public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges edition for 2022, ranking 42nd among public schools and 99th among all universities in the country.

“This year’s rankings once again demonstrate Auburn’s place among the top universities in our country,” Provost Bill Hardgrave said. “While they certainly reflect our continued commitment to serving our state through exceptional academic, research and outreach programs, these rankings also recognize the efforts of our faculty, staff and students who work tirelessly to advance our mission.”

The annual Best Colleges report, available online at, also includes institutional rankings in a range of other categories, many of which Auburn also received high marks.

Undergraduate programs in the Harbert College of Business are ranked 49th nationally, while the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranks 56th. The undergraduate nursing program came in at No. 58, and the computer science program is listed at No. 82.

Auburn is ranked 35th nationally for first-year experiences and No. 58 for best colleges for veterans.

“With countless opportunities to get involved, find support and develop the skills for success, Auburn students are empowered by resources designed to help them thrive,” Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Bobby Woodard said. “Our student experience is exceptional, and these rankings reflect the positive impact Auburn has on students’ lives.”

One of the most widely referenced measurements of undergraduate programs, the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings are based on quality markers such as faculty information, social mobility, alumni giving and academic reputation. Metrics also used to determine rankings include retention and graduation rates, areas in which Auburn remains strong.

In addition to the online edition, the Best Colleges 2022 guidebook will be available in bookstores Nov. 2.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.