COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Once again, Mississippi University for Women is maintaining its standing as one of the top public Southern regional universities, in rankings released today [Sept. 12] by U.S. News and World Report.
At No. 18, MUW is the highest ranked Mississippi university in the top public Southern regional category.
In the annual "Best Colleges" guide, the national publication develops its rankings based on quantitative data such as freshman retention, graduation rates, and strength of faculty. It also considers qualitative factors such as surveys of peer institutions and high school counselors.
"The W long has been an institution focused on student learning and student success," said MUW President Jim Borsig. "We are proud to continue this tradition and to build on it as we write the next chapter of our history."
He added, "We describe the MUW educational climate as "a private university experience at a public school value, and we are committed to delivering just that."
Just this month, MUW also was ranked No. 15 by Washington Monthly magazine in a listing of the nation's top master's universities. That survey took into account factors such as public service, as well as percentage of low-income students enrolled.
"This institution was founded on the radical idea of serving the under-served," Borsig noted, "and we're continuing to affirm that mission into the 21st century."
A link to the full listings is available at http://www.usnews.com/rankings.
Sept. 12, 2012
Contact: Maridith Geuder