UM maintained its position as the No. 4 public university in the country in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings, while finishing 28th overall in the national ranking. Western is also listed 61st of 122 public and private colleges and universities on the top Midwestern list of "Best Regional Universities".
But two public institutions showed the most improvement, climbing at least a dozen spots from their ranking previous year.
On the other hand, Georgia State University that has become a national model for succeeding with low-income and minority students, dropped by 30 spots in the rankings list.
A spokeswoman for the publication told us previously that its own world rankings relied more on research and reputation while domestic ones are dependent on the quality of undergraduate education and good outcomes for students. FSU's four-year graduation rate is among the top 25 nationally, the six-year graduation rate is 80 percent and the university's freshman retention rate is almost 93 percent, which ranks 18th nationally.
The U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges 2018" rankings can be found on the magazine's website.
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USC Upstate was ranked No. 2 for regional public colleges, the No. 2 regional college for veterans and the No. 6 college for ethnic diversity.
BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business.
Radford University was also recognized as a best regional public university. Several schools came in over the $50,000 mark, including Columbia University in NY, which charges about $57,000 a year, according to the rankings. That represents a two-spot climb for RU.
"NMSU has been known as a top tier university for several years now", said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers.
W&M Provost Michael Halleran said there are many annual rankings that he monitors just as closely, but he is aware of the influence that the U.S. News survey has with students.
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In other highlights from the rankings, CU Boulder's undergraduate business program at the Leeds School of Business landed the No. 20 spot among public universities, or 31st overall. It also criticized the U.S. News rankings by saying it "relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige to evaluate schools". The university also appeared on U.S. News & World Report's list of "A-Plus Schools for B Students".
McRorie reiterated that the university's emphasis on student success is at the heart of its rapid ascent in the national rankings.
This university is considered the best in Australia for graduate employability according to the 2017 QS ranking. For the 15th year in a row, Williams College in MA tops the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.
Roberts Wesleyan College ranked 78th and Keuka College ranked 120th for northern universities.
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