Katz School LogoYeshiva University surged to 68th among Best National Universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings on best colleges, rising from 76th in 2021 and 97th in 2020.

The university also placed 33rd in the Best Value Schools category, up from 54th last year. This distinction recognizes the colleges and universities that offer students the best value based on academic quality and average cost of attendance.

President Ari Berman attributed the climb to the “strong execution” of the university’s long-term strategy of growth and investment in STEM and health programs, among other factors. Provost Selma Botman called the ranking an “impressive achievement” that was made possible by excellence in teaching and the introduction of new academic programs.

“The growth in Yeshiva University’s prestige as a research university is directly linked to the rising fortunes of the Katz School Science and Health,” said Dean Paul Russo. “We are advancing scholarly knowledge and transforming lives through pioneering research, citywide initiatives, new technologies and innovative clinical diagnostics.”

To adapt to a changing educational landscape, the Katz School recently introduced a distance education component to its already successful residential M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program. Next fall, the Katz School will begin accepting students into a 55-credit program that is fully online and offers both a full-time (five-semester) and part-time (eight-semester) plan of study.

The SLP program is recognized nationally for being one of the few programs in the country specializing in the medical aspects of speech-language pathology.

Katz faculty continue to publish important research, contribute to dialogue on critical issues and claim prestigious academic posts. Mathematics Professor Marian Gidea is guiding and evaluating research at the national level as chair of NSF’s Mathematical Sciences Division, a position awarded only to the most accomplished researchers in their fields. Artificial Intelligence Professor Sai Kadiyala is involved in leading research on microservices security by developing anomaly detection algorithms for program behavior analysis and the characterization of malware in computer systems.

Also contributing to scientific understanding of important issues are Katz students. With NSF support, mathematics Ph.D. student Samuel Wale Akingbade is analyzing the comet Oterma and its eccentric orbit. Data analytics students designed an intelligent system that identifies and indexes hate speech on the web. Biotechnology students investigated male infertility in a paper co-authored with their peers at the Stern School for Women. And biotech alumnus Josh Lankin, in a published paper, helped evaluate the merits of biosimilars—close copies of biologic drugs—in lowering the cost of cancer care.

“In the lab, classroom and clinic, we lead with integrity, generosity and a commitment to making the world a smarter, safer and healthier place,” said Dean Russo.

Published by U.S. News & World Report, the Best National University rankings annually rate 1,466 American colleges and universities that grant bachelor’s degrees. The rankings are based on data collected from an annual survey sent to each school administrators. Benchmarks range from student-faculty ratio and faculty resources, to graduation and retention rates, and alumni giving.

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