COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Once again, Mississippi University for Women has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 public Southern regional universities and a best value.

According to rankings released today [Sept. 12], The W was listed 19th among public Southern regional institutions and 52nd overall.

According to U.S. News & World Report, their ranking methodology focused on academic excellence, an evaluation of hundreds of data points with up to 15 measures. Student outcomes, including graduation and freshman retention rates, were also highlighted.

Just this week The W also learned that it was ranked No. 26 in national public masters universities and No. 53 overall by Washington Monthly magazine as a Best Bang for the Buck. Washington Monthly has ranked four-year colleges and universities on their “bang for the buck” for the past five years.

MUW President Jim Borsig said, “We are proud of both of these rankings. Providing a high-quality, affordable education is an institutional priority for our university. It is important for universities to retain and graduate students with the least debt necessary.”

The W’s U.S. News rankings can be found at: Information about the Washington Monthly ranking is available at

Sept. 12, 2017
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