Drexel is a comprehensive global research university with more than 200 degree programs across 14 colleges and schools. Students at Drexel are challenged to apply knowledge and skill gained in the classroom to practical situations, and is widely regarded for its numerous research initiatives. For nearly a decade, Drexel has been ranked in the category of Best National Universities in America’s Best Colleges by U.S News & World Report . The University placed 95th overall in the 2015 rankings, the seventh straight time Drexel has been in the top 100. Drexel also ranked 10th among national universities in the U.S. News list of “Up-and-Comers,” those schools most often cited by university administrators nationwide as making “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.” Drexel has been in the top 10 each of the six years this list has been published. Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania are the only Philadelphia universities ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News , joined by Carnegie Mellon, Lehigh, Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh across Pennsylvania.