U. S. News Ranks New Mexico Tech, Sept. 13, 2002

SOCORRO, N.M., September 13, 2002 -- New Mexico Tech has been included among the 65 universities that make up the third tier grouping in the "Best National Universities -- Doctoral" category in the latest annual rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

In prior years, the state-funded research university in Socorro was consistently listed in the magazine's unranked category of the nation's top 14 select specialty schools that offer most of their degrees in engineering fields.

However, a major regrouping in the annual guide was initiated last year, based on The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's revised classification system, and New Mexico Tech was subsequently moved into one of the guide's largest category in its ranking system.

U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's top institutions of higher education is included in the magazine's special issue of America's Best Colleges 2003, which goes on sale Monday, September 16.

The magazine's current rankings of over 1,400 universities also are available on the Internet at www.usnews.com.