September 13, 2012 10:24:04 AM
Carmen K. Sisson - [email protected]
As national college rankings continue to emerge from the mainstream print media in "Best of Colleges" guides, Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University once more find themselves earning accolades for the quality of education provided and the value benefits they offer for cost-conscious students and parents.
U.S. News and World Report released its "Best Colleges" list Wednesday, ranking MUW 18th among regional public universities in the South and 44th in a comprehensive public and private university list. MSU ranked 87th among the top public universities and 160th among national public and private universities.
MUW also ranked 181st for its speech-language pathology program and 265th for its nursing program. MSU ranked in the top 25 veterinary schools and in the top 100 engineering schools.
The South's overall top regional university this year is Rollins College, a private school in Winter Park, Fla. The South's top public regional university is The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Harvard University and Princeton University tied for the top spot in the national university rankings.
The rankings were based upon 16 quantitative measures, including freshman retention, graduation rates, faculty strength, price, academic reputation and student selectivity.
Last month, Washington Monthly magazine ranked MUW 15th out of 682 top master's degree colleges, and MSU ranked 96th out of 281 top national universities. The school rankings were based upon three areas: social mobility, research and community service.
"This institution was founded on the radical idea of serving the under-served," MUW President Dr. Jim Borsig stated in a press release, "and we're continuing to affirm that mission into the 21st century."
Carmen K. Sisson is the former news editor at The Dispatch.