FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 18, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW moves up on U.S. News rankings
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women has moved
up on U.S.News & World Report’s 2007 edition of “America’s
Best Colleges rankings.
This morning faculty, staff and students celebrated moving
to ninth from 10th among Southern public master’s
universities. MUW has appeared in this category for three
years in a row.
Tied in good company with the University of North
Carolina--Charlotte, MUW was the only Mississippi
institution ranked in this category.
“We are 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
In making 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.
This ranking came as the university began classes on
Thursday with enrollment at 2,344 on the first day and the
freshman residence halls at capacity.
In addition to focusing on its academic programs, MUW
continues to make strides with its 20-year Facilities Master
Work on the Emma Ody Pohl Building and the Marie Charlotte
Stark Recreation Center is about 79 percent complete.
“Construction is progressing nicely,” said. Jason Lea,
Upon completion of the facilities, the university will be
able to provide more recreation programs and the campus
community will have access to state-of-the art equipment.
Work on the $13.3 million project should be complete in
Capital improvements to Poindexter, home of MUW’s music
program, are expected to begin in the early fall. This
project is estimated to be at least $7.5 million.
Another project expected to start in the fall is work on
Eckford Hall. The building has been designated to become the
Center for Wellness and Health to fully meet the needs for
nursing education and to provide space for practical
experience on campus. The Center for Wellness and Health
would serve as a primary care facility for the campus.
Nora Miller, vice president for finance and administration,
said, “In September 2003, MUW presented a 20-year master
plan. At three years into this plan, we have made
substantial progress with the first phase of the master