Ranked a Top University By U.S.News
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women
recently received reinforcement that it is providing a
quality education by being ranked a top university in
U.S.News & World Report’s 2006 edition of “America’s
second year in a row, MUW is ranked tenth among Southern
public master’s universities. It is the only Mississippi
institution ranked in this category.
“We are very
pleased to learn of the continuation of this honor since
it stresses the quality education we are providing for
our students,” said MUW President Claudia A. Limbert.
“We strive to care as much about our students’ education
as they do.”
the rankings, U.S.News measures peer assessment,
retention rate, graduation rate, class size,
student/faculty ratio, percentage of full-time faculty,
SAT/ACT scores, freshmen in top of their high school
classes, acceptance rate and alumni giving.
came as the university began classes this week with its
female residence halls filled to capacity. Once
registration is complete, MUW expects to see a third
year of enrollment growth.
Personal Finance magazine ranked MUW the 67th best value
among the top 100 public colleges in America.
Survey of Student Opinions done last year was another
positive sign that MUW is in tune with its students.
about their satisfaction with the college environment,
the five highest ranked items selected were: 1. Class
size relative to the type of course; 2. Quality of
instruction in your field; 3. Out-of-class availability
of instructors; 4. Attitude of the faculty toward
students; and 5. Course content in your major field.
these had an average ranking of greater than 4 on a 1-5
scale and each of these was rated significantly higher
than those seen at peer institutions.
Gingerich, provost and vice president for academic
affairs, added, “Further, since this survey also showed
that these items were the ones that were most important
to our students, it demonstrates that the MUW faculty
provide the personalized learning experience that our