The University of Oklahoma is back on U.S. News and World Report's Best College rankings.
The university was left off the 2019 rankings after admitting to misrepresenting data about alumni donations since 1999.
According to the publication's rankings, which were officially released this morning, OU is ranked No. 132 on the “National Universities” list, which includes both public and private universities. OU is tied at No. 132 with six other schools.
The University of Tulsa ranked 121 and Oklahoma State University was 192 on the list.
The rankings are based on a variety of factors, including retention rate, graduation rate, financial resources and alumni giving rate. Those factors are used to determine an overall score of 0-100, with schools being ranked by their overall score. OU finished with a score of 48. Princeton University finished at no. 1 on the list with the only score of 100.
OU's inflated donation numbers to U.S. News & World Report also led a former student to file a class action lawsuit in May against the school's Board of Regents.
Elani Gretzer filed the suit on behalf of all undergraduate students since 1999. The lawsuit alleges "breach of contract" and "unjust enrichment" by the university since the misreported numbers were intended to improve OU's U.S. News & World Report ranking.
In 2018, OU broke into the ranking's top 100 for the first time. The school reached 97th on the list in 2018 list for all universities, 35 spots higher than its 2020 ranking.
On the 2020 rankings of only public universities, OU ranked No. 69, 28 spots behind its No. 41 ranking in 2018. The University of California, Los Angeles ranked No. 1 on this list.
Robert Moore, chief data strategist of U.S. News and World Report, in a July 9 letter wrote that the publication "has asked [OU's] Chairman of the Board of Regents Leslie Rainbolt and [interim president] Joseph Harroz Jr. to provide a letter certifying the accuracy of [OU's data] submissions to U.S. News for the next three Best College rankings."
An OU spokesman contacted by The Transcript on Friday declined to comment until the rankings were officially released today.