WTAMU Earns Top Tier Ranking in America

Aug. 18, 2010

COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Earns Top Tier Ranking in America's Best Colleges List

U.S. News and World Report Top Universities Cover

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University has earned a spot in the coveted top tier of the Best Regional Public Universities-West category in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges. WTAMU ranked 30th in Regional Public Universities to mark its first-time appearance on the prestigious list.

Every year U.S. News and World Report gathers information on colleges and universities across the United States to compile the annual best college list. The 572 regional universities are split into four regions, and colleges and universities within those regions are ranked on graduation retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Texas is one of the 15 states included in the West Region, and WTAMU joins such Texas universities as Texas State University—San Marcos, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, University of Texas—San Antonio, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M International University and University of Texas—Tyler on the Regional Public Universities listing. A sampling of regional universities on the list includes California State Polytechnic University—Pomona, California State University—Fullerton, San Jose State University, Boise State University and Weber State University.

For the 2011 top tier listing, WTAMU has shown improvement in four of the six indicators used to determine ranking. Since 2007, WTAMU has consistently moved up in the rankings and saw one-year improvements in the graduation retention rate (from 83 to 80), faculty resources (98 to 92), financial resources (66 to 63) and alumni giving (81 to 77).

Reaching top tier status has been a major goal of Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien since his inauguration as WTAMU’s president in 2006. An objective in the University’s five-year plan for 2006-2011 was to reach Tier 2 status in the U.S. News and World Report rankings by 2011. Achieving top tier status in 2010 is a milestone accomplishment for the University and for O’Brien.

“When I first arrived, I was continually told that WT was a gem in the rough. I knew that to be true,” O’Brien said. “What we needed to do at that time was establish a plan to polish the gem and then provide the resources to carry out the plan. Through the involvement of the entire University community, we have been executing that plan and fruits of our efforts are coming to bear. The entire WT community is to be applauded for this accomplishment.”

West Texas A&M University is a member of The Texas A&M University System and the primary source for higher education, research and service for the Texas Panhandle region. The University offers a doctoral program in agriculture, 45 master’s degree programs and 60 baccalaureate degree programs to a growing population of approximately 7,700 students.



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Christian Sumampow (Former Grad Student From Indonesia)
on 2.7.2011

Bravo WTAMU, be the best.

on 11.6.2010

That's wonderful. I am really proud of WTAMU's achievement. Long life for WTAMU !

Wende Ramos
on 10.11.2010

What is WTAMU's exceptance rate into med school?

Irma Chavez
on 9.28.2010

I really agree with the information given by the US News and World Report about our university (WTA&MU). At this time am a Senior @ WT and am proud of being here because I have received the assistance from this university in many different ways. I am going to be one of the statistics on graduate retention rate because am about to graduate on May-2011. Way to go Buffs we made it up to the national news.

Wande Agbe
on 9.7.2010

This is a worthy achievement. There is no where else to go but up!!! I am happy that WT is finally being recognized. Well deserved!!! Go Buffs!!!

Jennifer Baen - Class or 2004
on 9.4.2010

I can honestly say that I had one of the best experiences at WTAMU and I am honored to call myself a Buff. I learned so much in my years there and made some great friends. Congratulations!!!

Bradley Chance Hays
on 9.2.2010

we have a great college, great administration, and we have an awsome community... That supports their students and their college....Go Buffs

Mendy Meurer - Class of 2002
on 9.1.2010

Way to go Buffs!!! So proud to call you my alma mater!

Rebecca Olvera
on 8.27.2010

I am very proud to say that I went to WTAMU. I always said this school was full of opportunities. This is exciting news!

Lu Agundiz
on 8.26.2010

WOW!!! this is what happens when everyone put in their part to achieved greatness. Congrats to all from from students to faculty and the community.

Selene Delgado
on 8.25.2010

I love W! I had great experiences there and hope that many generations to come will enjoy it as much as I did. Go buffs!

Kim Richardson
on 8.25.2010

CONGRATULATIONS Dr O'Brien & The entire Faculty. I'm so proud to be a West Texas A&M parent. GoBuffsGo!

on 8.24.2010

I won't be surprised if WT is a Division 1 school in five years

Abegail De la fuente
on 8.20.2010

Whoop whoop!! I love WT!!! =)

Joseph Morales
on 8.19.2010

Congrats to Dr. O'Brien and to all the faculty at WT for achieving this goal! I am so proud to be a student at West Texas A&M! Go Buffs!

Bob DeOtte
on 8.18.2010

This moves making WT a First Choice University for all majors a long way down the road!