UC Irvine places 41st among all U.S. universities and 11th among public universities in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings, made public Tuesday, Aug. 17. Each slot represents an improvement over last year, when UCI was 45th and 14th in the respective categories. The annual Best Colleges report reflects the academic quality and reputation of undergraduate programs, including UCI’s engineering major, which ranked 45th. Despite budget cuts and furloughs in the 2009-10 academic year, the University of California dominated the public university category, taking six of the top 11 spots.