BYU moves up in best colleges rankings

Why JUST ranks top

Luzerne County oldest college and newest university is in a six-way tie for 41 place with 63 overall points.

Officials at the University of Mobile, which also came in at No. 5 among regional colleges in the South, celebrated the news as part of an ongoing surge.

Northwestern is in the top 10 in several of the individual categories, including peer assessment, first-year retention rate (80 percent), freshmen in the top 25 percent of their high school class (47 percent), and alumni giving rate (19 percent). Among all public and private universities, the College of Engineering is ranked 61st, up two places from past year. OSU is at 156 in a three-way tie.

In an effort that began with President Jeffrey Docking, Adrian College has spent more than $80 million in new facilities, had a 40-percent growth in faculty and doubled its enrollment in the past decade.

Among all national universities, including private universities, FSU ranked 81st, up from 92nd past year, the university said.

"The hard work and dedication of all members of the OU family have made this achievement possible", OU President David Boren said.




U.S. News analyzed more than 650 regional universities in various categories including retention and graduation rates, class sizes, student/faculty ratios, and acceptance rates. "It means our reputation of academic excellence is rising throughout the state and the nation, and that's a reflection of our world-class faculty, staff and students". Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. Oklahoma is one of 15 states in the West. It's tied with Mississippi State University, Rowan University in New Jersey, the University of Central Florida and the University of Idaho, for the spot.

Provost Kent Buchanan said OCU's standing reflects the university's commitment to providing high quality education and academic rigor.

The university is particularly focused on nurturing students' ideas.

Bradley University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the Midwest region. It also held the No. 32 spot past year. Last year's rankings are in parentheses.

According to its website, the U.S. News ranking system "uses exclusively statistical quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it is based on U.S. News' researched view of what matters in education".

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