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KSU drops slightly in national magazine's ranking

By admin Published: September 14, 2011

Kent State dropped slightly in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of top colleges nationwide, moving from 183rd to 194th place among the 200 top-ranked universities.

The magazine evaluated more than 1,500 schools nationwide based on 16 indicators of academic quality. It ranked the top 200 and listed the balance alphabetically. Last year 1,400 institutions were in the list.

The new listing, released Tuesday, includes 10 public and private institutions statewide in the top 200 listing.

In addition to Kent State, the others were Case Western Reserve (38), Ohio State (55), Miami (90), Dayton (101), Ohio University (124), Cincinnati (143), Bowling Green (177) and Ashland (190).

Many institutions tied with several others. Kent State, for example, scored evenly with seven others, including East Carolina, Immaculata and Louisiana Tech.

This is the second year in a row that KSU made it into the top 200 tier.

''Kent State proves once again with this third-party validation that we are a great university that deserves their attention and consideration,'' Kent State President Lester Lefton said in a news release.

The university pointed out that it is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to crack the top 200. The University of Akron, Youngstown State and Cleveland State are unranked.

The U.S. News college report is one of many and arguably the most prestigious of the guides that help students and parents make college-going decisions.

The rankings are based on factors that include undergraduate academic reputation, including the opinions of high school guidance counselors for the second year in a row; graduation rates; freshmen retention rates; and student selectivity.

The full rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be in the Best Colleges guidebook that goes on sale Tuesday.

Carol Biliczky can be reached at cbiliczky@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3729.

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