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COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women continues to be recognized for affordability among Southern regional universities by U.S. News & World Report.

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked The W at No. 5 as a best value among public Southern regional universities and No. 18 among best public regional universities in the South. The 2021 Best College Rankings by U.S. News & World Report additionally recognized The W for the lowest median amount of debt at graduation ($15,020).

“I am pleased that U.S. News & World Report continues to recognize the great value of a W education. Our low cost enables our students to minimize the amount of debt they face at graduation, giving them an early boost to their social mobility,” said W President Nora Miller.

The W tied for both the No. 21 ranking in the Top Regional Universities (South) and No. 47 overall.

Additional W Rankings by U.S. News & World Report

  • No. #28 Best Colleges for Veterans in Regional Universities -South
  • Tied No. 29 for Economic Diversity in Regional Universities- South
  • No. 56 in Top Performers on Social Mobility in Regional Universities- South

U.S. News & World Report now in its 36th year, assessed 1,452 U.S. bachelor's degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. 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 2021 edition of Best Colleges pertains to fall 2019 and earlier.

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Sept. 14, 2020
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