The First, Few, Only and Unusual - Auburn Accomplishments

  • Auburn University programs named to U.S. News & World Report's inaugural Top Online Education Program Honor Roll for 2012
  • Auburn University has been named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011-12
  • 2010-11 National Prestigious Scholarship Winners
  • In 2009, Auburn University senior Jordan Anderson was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the nation's top academic awards, to do graduate work at the University of Oxford in England. He is just one of 32 recipients from the United States who will join fellow scholars from around the world. Anderson is from Roanoke, Va., is a swim team captain and has done organic chemistry research on the phototyzing effects of UV light on the eye.
  • After conducting its annual review of nursing education programs in the state, the Alabama Board of Nursing reported a 100% pass rate for Auburn University nursing students who sat for the NCLEX-RN® exam for the first time.  Auburn's 100% pass rate exceeds the 2009 national average of 88.5% for first-time student taking the exam. The NCLEX-RN® examination tests the entry-level nursing competence of students seeking licensure as registered nurses.  In addition, the board reported that Auburn University met all three Outcome Standards for graduates of its BSN program.
  • Results from a pioneering study known as the Collegiate Learning Assessment at more than two dozen colleges and universities around the nation show significant gains in the intellectual skills of Auburn students -- more than 100 points on SAT-equivalent tests -- from their freshman to senior years. Auburn placed in the top third of the institutions participating.
  • Auburn doubled the number of National Merit Scholars in 2009, moving up to fourth in the SEC and 34th nationally. National Merit Scholars finalists receive full tuition for four years and additional financial and educational incentives (http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/1341).
  • Auburn University figured prominently among the reasons the City of Auburn was named one of the 2009 10 Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report.
  • AU is among a distinctive body of institutions designated as land, sea and space grant universities.
  • Auburn is one of five universities in the country with the capability and expertise to conduct research into nuclear waste storage for recycling.
  • The university is the oldest four-year, coeducational school in the state and the second-oldest in the Southeast. Women were first admitted in 1892.
  • Auburn's bachelor of wireless engineering degree is the first in the country.
  • Cancer research is a top focus of the College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the few veterinary colleges in the country with an on-campus linear accelerator, MRI and CT-scan.
  • Auburn has the Southeast's first program in software engineering.
  • Auburn's new curriculum in automotive engineering and manufacturing is the first of its kind in the Southeast.
  • Auburn has been actively involved in aviation education since 1941 and has consistently been a leader in aviation education and research.
  • Six NASA astronauts graduated from Auburn, as have three past directors of Kennedy Space Center, putting Auburn in the top five universities nationally with such a distinction.
  • Auburns Southeastern Raptor Center is the Southeast's only full-service, on-campus medical and rehabilitation center for birds of prey.
  • Auburn students who participate in the world-renowned Rural Studio build inspiring, innovative and practical homes to benefit citizens of west Alabama.
  • Auburn's Urban Studio in downtown Birmingham gives students an opportunity to pursue design in an urban setting and engage in community projects.
  • An Urban Modeling Lab is helping the town of Cheng Du, China, rebuild from the massive 2008 earthquake.
  • A new master's degree program in real estate development will be the first of its kind in the region to combine business and architecture curriculums.
  • The United Nations' World Food Programme selected Auburn University as its lead academic partner in the international War on Hunger campaign.
  • Auburn's Hotel and Restaurant Management program and The West Paces Hotel Group have a unique partnership where students train for the hospitality industry and learn the operation of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
  • The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington is training wounded soldiers in the science of digital forensics so they can become cybersecurity investigators. Auburn is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) and will assist in the training.
  • Auburn University has been selected to represent Alabama as the winner of the Southern Growth Policies Board 2009 Innovator Award. The Natural Resources Management & Development Institute was chosen as an outstanding program that encourages economic opportunities relating to bio-products, alternative energy, and energy efficiency.
  • Named a military-friendly university by G.I. Jobs.
  • Featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition."
  • Auburn has been awarded the 2013 Tree Campus USA® designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Auburn-developed technologies and research include:

  • An optical microscope that shows live cells in real time and that holds great promise in revolutionizing medical research.
  • A microscope system that NASA is using on Antarctic expeditions.
  • Antimicrobial coatings with potential to prevent diseases from spreading on contaminated surfaces.
  • Bacteria-eliminating chemical technology currently marketed as a water purification process.
  • Fabric that improves the effectiveness of bullet-proof vests worn by law enforcement personnel by stopping high-powered rifle bullets.
  • A device that improves the operation and safety of automobile air-bags.
  • Germ-killing rubber material.
  • Asphalt that dramatically improves driving conditions.
  • A drug-delivery system that aids in the treatment of muscular dystrophy and diabetes.
  • Biodegradable food source fishing lures.
  • A new egg-injected avian flu vaccine.
  • Technologies for highway and bridge construction.
  • Highly advanced filters used in ventilation systems and in high-level security systems.
  • Food safety sensors.
  • Lightweight air masks that filter out toxins and allow longer use by first responders.
  • A popular and widely used flea pill for dogs.

Recent Academic Rankings

   
Ranking School or Department
   
1st The 100 Best College and Universities in the U.S. by State, 2014 by TheBestSchools.org
   
1st First in the state of Alabama for affordable tuition for Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs, 2013 by Online Colleges Database.
   
1st Top Online Master of Education Degree Program in the United States, 2013 by TheBestSchools.org
   
1st For the annual survey, "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012," DesignIntelligence magazine has ranked Auburn University's undergraduate Interior Design program in the College of Human Sciences as best in the nation and Industrial Design and Architecture programs in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction in the nation's top 20 degree programs in their fields (Link).
   
2nd School of Architecture (College of Architecture, Design and Construction) ranks in DesignIntelligence
Magazine, 2009 as second most-admired Bachelor of Architecture program in the nation, according to other university deans and departments
   
6th College of Education online graduate education program, U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Programs, 2014
   
8th Public colleges with high student satisfaction, BestColleges.com, 2014
   
12th Raymond J. Harbert College of Business graduate online graduate business program, U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Programs, 2014
   
14th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's graduate computer information technology program, U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Programs, 2014
   
15th College of Veterinary Medicine, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2011
   
15th Top Student Rated Psychology Programs, 2013 by Graduateprograms.com
   
16th Business graduate schools for physician-executives, 2009 by Modern Physician
   
16th Community Planning Program (College of Architecture, Design and Construction) ranking in terms of faculty publication productivity, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 2004
   
17th College of Education's Rehabilitation Counseling Program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2011
   
19th College of Engineering's Biological/Agricultrual Engineering Program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
24th College of Business undergraduate program ranked among public schools, 2010 U.S. News & World Report
   
24th Industrial Systems Engineering, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
26th Harrison School of Pharmacy, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2012
   
28th Affordable Mathematics eduction (Southeast), AffordableCollegesOnline, 2013
   
28th College of Education's Department of Kinesiology, doctoral program nationally ranked by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, 2010
   
29th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering online graduate engineering program, U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Programs, 2014
   
30th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Industrial / Manufacturing
/ Systems Engineering programs, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
32nd College of Engineering, by The College Database, 2013
   
32nd College of Engineering ranking among public universities offering doctoral programs in engineering by 2010 U.S. News & World Report
   
34th Auburn doubled the number of National Merit Scholars in 2009, moving up to fourth in the SEC and 34th nationally. National Merit Scholars finalists receive full tuition for four years and additional financial and educational incentives (http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/1341).
   
35th Aerospace Engineering, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
38th Auburn University best public institution by 2011 U.S. News & World Report
   
39th Auburn University best public institution by 2010 U.S. News & World Report
   
40th Auburn University best public institution by 2013 U.S. News & World Report
   
43rd Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering programs, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
45th College of Liberal Arts Audiology program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2012
   
47th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Civil Engineering program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
49th Chemical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
50th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Chemical Engineering program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
52nd College of Liberal Arts Speech-Pathology program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2012
   
53rd Electrical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
56th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering undergraduate program, 2010 U.S. News & World Report
   
58th Civil Engineering, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
63rd Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Computer Engineering program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
64th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering programs, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
66th

MBA program has been ranked among the top 100 in the Poets & Quants rankings, a composite of rankings from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Financial Times and The Economist, 2011

   
66th Education (Doctoral), U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
67th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
67th Mechanical Engineering, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
70th Engineering (Doctoral), U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
73rd Public Affairs, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2012
   
77th College of Education, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
79th Clinical Psychology, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2012
   
84th Executive MBA program world ranking, Financial Times, 2009
   
88th Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Mechanical Engineering program, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
90th Computer Science, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
91st Computer Science, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2010
   
95th Math, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
96th Chemistry, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
98th English, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
   
101st Psychology, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
   
104th History, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2013
   
106th Biological Sciences, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
111th Physics, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2014
   
193rd Nursing, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools," 2011
   
271st (out of 650) Top U.S. Colleges (private and public), Forbes, 2012
 

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