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COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women has been recognized again as a top public Southern regional university, according to multiple national rankings.

U.S. News & World Report released its rankings today [Sept. 9], showing The W No. 5 as a best value among public Southern regional universities and 18th among best public regional universities in the South.

“Our students have long recognized that The W is a best value and one of the best public regional universities. It is great that we continue to be recognized with these national rankings.  Student debt is a critical issue, so we are pleased that our students have the lowest median amount of debt at graduation for Regional Universities in the South,” said President Nora Miller.

The W also appeared in U.S. News’ Public Best Undergraduate Teaching Regional Universities-South ranking tied at No. 13. The 2020 Student Loan at Graduation ranking listed The W as having the lowest median amount of debt at graduation for Regional Universities- South.

The rankings for Best Undergraduate Teaching focus on schools where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.

According to U.S. News & World Report, these rankings focus on one very important part of the undergraduate academic experience that is not always directly measured in a college's regular peer assessment survey results or in its overall rank.

U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in up to 15 areas related to academic excellence. The data allows individuals to compare at a glance the relative quality of U.S. institutions based on widely-accepted indicators of excellence such as first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. The data for the 2020 edition of Best Colleges was gathered by U.S. News in spring 2019.

Washington Monthly magazine recently ranked The W as the highest among Mississippi’s public universities in the 2019 Best Bang for the Buck--South category. The magazine placed The W at #53 of 203 universities in the South.

Washington Monthly ranks four-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges and master’s universities) based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.

Sept. 9, 2019
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