COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women was named among the best universities in the region for social mobility today by U.S. News & World Report. The 2022 Best Colleges Rankings named The W No. 4 as a Top Public Performers on Social Mobility-Regional Universities South and No. 10 among Top Performers on Social Mobility-Regional Universities South.

The university moved up to No. 4 as a Best Public School Value among Best Public Value Schools -Regional Universities South. For the third consecutive year, The W ranked No. 18 among Top Public-Regional Universities South.

“The best recognition of the great value of a W education is the success of our students and the connection they continue to feel as alumni of the institution.  I am proud of these national recognitions and of our performance on social mobility,” said W President Nora Miller.

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

  • 15 Best Value- Regional Universities South
  • 18 Best Colleges for Veteran -Regional Universities South
  • 21 Undergraduate Teaching- Regional Universities South

Social Mobility is an indicator of how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. Students receiving these grants typically come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, with most money going to students with total family incomes below $20,000.

U.S. News & World Report now in its 37th year, assessed 1,466 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. The data was gathered by U.S. News through surveying schools in the spring and summer of 2021

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In addition to the U.S. News & World Report ranking, The W was the second-highest ranked university in Mississippi on Washington Monthly’s 2021 Best Bang for the Buck Ranking: South.

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Sept. 13, 2020
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