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WMU cited in two national "best" listings

Aug. 22, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has again been recognized in two national college rankings released in August.

For the eighth consecutive year, WMU was included on U.S. News & World Report's list of the nation's top-100 public universities. The 2007 list is part of the magazine's issue that hit newsstands Aug. 18 and also appears online.

Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, Princeton Review named WMU one of the Best Midwestern Colleges in its annual online list, which was released Aug. 22. The Princeton Review selection is based on information provided by institutions as well as student opinion gathered independently.

The U.S. News list is based on more than a dozen criteria, including academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, student/faculty ratios, class size, faculty resources and student test scores. WMU is one of only four public universities in the state to be included among the top three tiers in the magazine's listing of "Best National Universities." The others are the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University. WMU first appeared on the overall list in 1991, and moved up to the third tier in 1999.

The list of America's "Best National Universities" is the marquee listing in the annual U.S. News ranking. The list of America's best national universities includes 86 private institutions and 162 public institutions. The Best National Universities are divided into four tiers based on their composite scores.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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