MURRAY, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2012) – U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges has again recognized Murray State University among the top schools in the country. Murray State’s consecutive streak of top rankings was extended to 22 years with the release of the 2013 U.S. News Best Colleges list.
The university is at seventh place among the top public regional universities in the south.
Murray is again in the top tier as the only Kentucky regional public university to appear among the south’s top 20 private and public schools. MSU’s scoring shows it to be the 11th top public regional university in the nation, up three spots from last year’s rankings.
“The 2013 rankings continue a long-standing and independent, third-party verification of the high quality teaching and learning that MSU provides to our students,” said Dr. Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University. “This particular report — not just because it serves as the gold standard of the higher education rankings, but also because a good deal of it rests upon our reputation with peer institutions — additionally demonstrates that our national colleagues recognize the level of outreach we provide to our region, the commonwealth, nation and, indeed, the world.”
“The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures of quality,” said Robert J. Morse and Samuel Flanigan of U.S. News Best Colleges methodology.
U.S. News Best Colleges, a well-known college rankings guide, examines accredited four-year schools in a comparison of accepted indicators. For example, regional universities and colleges are scored in the weighted areas of peer assessment (25 percent), graduation and retention rates (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).