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WMU again on 'Best National Universities' list

Aug. 20, 2009

KALAMAZOO--For the 19th consecutive year, Western Michigan University has been named one of America's "best national universities" by U.S. News & World Report.

The publication's 2010 ranking of more than 1,400 colleges and universities was unveiled today. WMU remains among the 262 universities the magazine singles out as having national standing and being among the nation's best.

This is WMU's 19th appearance on the overall list and its 11th consecutive time listed in the top three tiers of national universities.

Only 112 universities in the country are listed in the top three tiers.

Michigan universities in the top tiers

  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Western Michigan University

Seven of Michigan's 15 public universities, including the four in the top tiers, are among the 262 on the overall list.

WMU was first named to the overall "Best National Universities" list in 1991 and moved up to the third tier when the 1999 list appeared in 1998.

As in past years, the 2010 U.S. News rankings include a number of additional lists that rank schools as top liberal arts schools and on a regional basis as top master's-level universities and baccalaureate colleges.

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.

Earlier this summer, WMU was again named one of the "Best Midwestern Colleges" by Princeton Review.

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

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