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UCM Moves Up in US News & World Report Rankings

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 19, 2012) – For the second consecutive year, the University of Central Missouri  moved up in collegiate rankings conducted by US News & World Report.

Information released last week in the popular news and collegiate rankings organization’s online edition of the “2013 Best Colleges Guidebook” recognizes UCM as 70th among the Midwest’s “Best Regional Universities.” This is two positions higher than the 2012 ranking, and six positions above 2011.

UCM is one of 625 universities that were included among Regional universities in the North, South, Midwest and West. Twelve states make up the Midwest region consisting of public and private institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, and a small number of doctoral programs. The institutions in the Regional category traditionally draw students most heavily from surrounding states.

Institutions are ranked according to 16 indicators of academic quality, which were gathered from each school and tabulated. Academic reputation also was considered.

“Many factors determine the quality of the college educational experience, and students often turn to well-known sources like US News for information to help them decide what institution is the best fit for them. So we’re pleased that UCM is continuing to progress in the regional rankings, and we’re confident that once students make a decision to come here, they will realize they’ve made a great educational choice,” said Rick Sluder, vice provost for enrollment management.

Rankings by US News & World Report follow UCM’s recent recognition by The Princeton Review as “A Best in the Midwest” college in its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” This is the seventh consecutive year UCM has been included among 153 institutions in a 12-state region that achieved this designation.

Schools were selected as “regional best” colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. The list considers institutional data collected from schools, Princeton Review’s visits to schools over the years, and opinions of Princeton Review’s staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations are invited. It also considers student input. The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framington, Mass, with editorial offices in New York and locations across the USA and abroad, The Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.

View US News & World Report rankings and other information,  or find out more about The Princeton Review and its list of “Best in the Midwest” colleges.