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News ranks Miami among top 50 national public universities


OXFORD, Ohio -- U.S. News and World Report has ranked Miami University among the top 50 national public universities.

Earlier this month, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine rated Miami highest in Ohio and 30th in the nation on its 1998 list of top 100 values in state universities.

Last year, Miami was the only Ohio university and one of only 21 public universities listed as a "Best Buy" in "The Fiske Guide to Colleges 1998." Last fall, Money magazine included Miami among the nation's 100 best values.

"It's gratifying to be consistently ranked highly by all these different external measures for academic excellence and cost," said Miami President James C. Garland. "This string of honors is a tribute to the educational value Miami provides families and taxpayers."

U.S. News' 12th annual "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, scheduled to hit newsstands and bookstores Monday, Aug. 24, ranks Ohio State 23rd on its list of top 50 national public universities and Miami 36th. No other Ohio universities are included.

The University of California-Berkeley and the University of Virginia are tied for first place.

Indicators that U.S. News used to measure academic quality included: academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance (the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion that actually do).

Excerpts from the guidebook will appear in the U.S. News and World Report magazine dated Aug. 31.


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