At the end of last month, well-known magazine, Times Higher Education, ranked the University of Tulsa in the top 20 small universities in the world. The weekly magazine, based in London, is the United Kingdom’s leading publication in the field, and has been reporting on higher education since 1971.
“All the universities featured in this ranking cover four or more broad subjects out of arts and humanities, engineering and technology, medicine, life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences,” stated Times Higher Education writer Carly Minsky in the article accompanying the list.
This year, Times Higher Education placed the University of Tulsa at number 15.
“All six subjects, including medicine, are covered in various departments,” Minsky continues, “and the university is well known across clinical, arts and science subjects.”
The magazine defines a small university as one with less than 5,000 students. TU fit in as the third largest on the list, with 4,597 students.
“For a small university,” wrote Minsky, “it is particularly impressive that the University of Tulsa manages to attract some world-renowned academics to its Gothic halls in Oklahoma.”
One TU students was not surprised that the University achieved a global ranking.
“The University of Tulsa has the perfect student to faculty ratio,” said TU freshman, Caitlin Marcoux. “While providing a high standard of education, professors can cater to the individual student; making the material attainable. It’s obvious that the university puts students first by providing ample research and job opportunities specific to each student.”
Also included on the list were schools such as California Institute of Technology, which came in first with its combination of a small student body and interdisciplinary collaboration which sets it apart from other universities.
Caltech is the second smallest school on this year’s list.
Next on the list came two French schools, École Normale Supérieure in second place, and third place École Polytechnique.
Times Higher Education prides itself on its methodology as their rankings are “the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook,” according to their article.
Times Higher Education also has a broad ranking for every university in the world, with TU falling in the 501-600 range out of 800 schools.