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U.S.News & World Report: Malone Among the Top in the Midwest

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Malone University among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest, now under the new category of Regional Universities according to the September edition of America’s Best Colleges 2011

Malone ranks in the top half, placing #61 of a total 142 colleges and universities in the Midwest region.  Malone’s ranking represents a 4-way tie for the position shared with Alverno College (WI), Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and University of Nebraska-Omaha.  The ranking places Malone just behind the 3-way tie for 58th-place shared by Aquinas College (MI), Ashland University (OH), and Washburn University (KS); and ahead of 65th ranked Minnesota State University – Mankato.

Although Malone’s ranking slipped a bit from a 7 –way tie for #47 place last year to a 4-way tie for #61 place this year, the university’s overall score remained solidly the same, with increases in graduation rate and in percentage of incoming freshmen who rank in the top 25% of their high school classes.  Institutions included in the category Regional Universities are those that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs.  The 572 universities in this category are ranked within four geographic areas—North, South, Midwest, and West—because, in general, they tend to draw students heavily from surrounding states.  

Top colleges and universities in the Midwest now include the first 75% of the Regional Universities category, which includes ranks 1-107, followed by schools listed in alphabetical order.

U.S. News ranks colleges and universities according to an overall score based on the following criteria: peer assessment; average freshman retention rate; average graduation rate; percentage of classes under 20; percentage of classes of 50 or more; student/faculty ratio; percentage of faculty who are full time; SAT/ACT 25th – 75th percentile; freshmen in top 25% of their high school graduating classes; new student acceptance rate; and alumni giving.

According to Will Friesen, Ph.D., interim president of Malone University, “The news again is good.  The annual rankings serve as a reminder of the high quality educational experience students and their parents have come to expect from Malone University.”