Auburn University at Montgomery earned recognition among the nation’s top regional comprehensive universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s newly released 2022 Best Colleges rankings.
AUM ranked 32nd among all public regional comprehensive universities in the South, and 70th overall (up from No. 73 last year).
In addition to surveying higher education administrators nationwide, U.S. News based its 2022 Best Colleges rankings on a variety of factors, including data on student graduation and retention rates, faculty resources and class sizes, student excellence and alumni giving. AUM boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.
“We are proud to be recognized again as one of the top public regional comprehensive universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “Our faculty and staff are fully invested in the success of our students under normal circumstances. During the pandemic, however, they have gone above and beyond to ensure that we meet the needs of our students in the midst of trying circumstances.”
AUM’s nursing, business and computer science programs each earned rankings in their respective categories.
In addition to its standing among regional comprehensive universities for academic quality, AUM ranked 107th among top performers for “social mobility,” which examines universities’ successes in enrolling and graduating large proportions of economically disadvantaged students.
This year, AUM also earned recognition from Princeton Review as one of the best universities in the South and won the Montgomery Advertiser’s “Best of the Best” voting as the top university in Alabama’s River Region for the fourth consecutive year.
AUM has been a consistent presence in U.S. News’ rankings in recent years. In its 2021 Best Colleges survey, U.S. News ranked AUM 15th among Southern regional comprehensive universities for undergraduate teaching and 16th among the most innovative universities in the South. The news organization did not include those categories in its 2022 survey.