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Miami among top public universities: U.S. News & World Report

Miami is ranked 21st among the top public universities in the nation, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report college rankings. In addition, Miami moved up six places in overall national rankings from 66th to 60th, placing Miami in the top-ranking tier.

Once again, Miami has been spotlighted in the magazine’s “Programs to Look For” section, described as “outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success.” Miami is cited in this article for its learning communities programs. At Miami, students live in themed residence halls that provide special classes and opportunities in areas they’re interested in, whether it be health, a foreign language, leadership, honors or the arts.

Miami also is featured in the magazine’s “Writing Across the Disciplines” list of “colleges (that) typically make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum.”

Miami’s strongest scores in the U.S. News rankings come in the category of “over-performance” by students, meaning that Miami students graduate well above the average for their peers. Miami’s graduation rate is 80 percent, much higher than the 67 percentage rate predicted by U.S. News, giving the university an “over performance spread” of 13 percentage points.

“The performance of our students and the fact that Miami consistently is praised by U.S. News, year in and year out, as one of the best public universities in the country, are testaments to the success of our graduates,” said President David Hodge.

The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures of quality including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

Date Published: 08/30/2006
Volume: 26   Number: 4


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