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WMU again ranked among 'top national universities'

Aug. 20, 2004

KALAMAZOO--For the sixth consecutive year, Western Michigan University has been placed among the nation's top-100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual "America's Best Colleges" listing which appears on the magazine's online site today, lists WMU as one the top-100 public institutions among the 248 schools categorized as "national universities-doctoral." The print edition of "America's Best Colleges" will be available on newsstands Aug. 23.

This is the sixth time WMU has placed in the top 100 and the 15th consecutive year it has been included in the magazine's national university grouping. The rankings are based on more than a dozen criteria, including academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, student/faculty ratios, class size, faculty resources, and student test scores and high school class rank.

Western Michigan University is one of only four public universities in the state to be listed among the nation's top-100 public universities. The others are the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University.

A number of other Michigan colleges and universities appear farther down on the list of top national universities or on a range of other lists compiled by the magazine to note standout regional and master's-level institutions and outstanding liberal arts colleges.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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