Carnegie Mellon, Pitt climb in rankings

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Carnegie Mellon University nudged upward among the top 50 national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's college rankings being released today.

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The University of Pittsburgh, meanwhile, continued its rise among those schools.

Carnegie Mellon tied for 21st with the University of California at Berkeley, up from 22nd place last year. Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate engineering and business programs were ranked eighth nationally.

Pitt was not among the top 50, but it moved from 58th place in that category last year to a tie this year for 57th place with Boston University and Ohio State University.

Pitt remained 19th best among national public universities.

Elsewhere, Penn State University tied for 47th best national university with the University of California-Davis, the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of Florida and the University of Texas at Austin. Penn State tied for 13th place with those same schools in the best public universities category.

In the "most debt" category, Carnegie Mellon ranked 13th among national universities, with 48 percent of its students carrying debt averaging $26,500.

Among liberal arts colleges, Seton Hill University was fifth in student debt, with 74 percent of its students carrying an average of $26,281; Allegheny College was 12th, with 78 percent of students carrying debt averaging $24,825.

The rankings will appear in the magazine edition that hits newsstands Monday. The rankings also can be found at

Meanwhile, in another listing, Newsweek International's Web ranking titled "The Complete List: The Top 100 Global Universities," put Pitt 10th among U.S. public universities and 37th among all universities worldwide.

Bill Schackner can be reached at or 412-263-1977.


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