Missouri colleges and universities received high rankings this week from US News and World report, whose annual survey was given to over 1,800 schools. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has figures from the Midwest region.
While a college experience cannot be solely based on numbers, finding the best academic value for the money is important to students and their families. The 2014 rankings are based on data from 16 different indicators, such as graduation rate, ratio of quality to price, and amount of programs offered.
This year, Drury University in Springfield was ranked 8th best university in the Midwest. While there are a lot of factors that go into these ratings, Drury’s Charles Taylor says that their student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and their high graduation rates are a big factor.
“I think having outstanding faculty working with outstanding students in a committed, personalized learning environment. Where we all challenge and support each other as we try to create well-rounded citizen scholars,” said Taylor.
Truman State in Kirksville, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and Webster University in St. Louis all made the top 50 in the Midwest region. Missouri State University was ranked 68th.
Another category in this year’s survey was regional colleges of the Midwest. Point Lookout’s College of the Ozarks received the number 10 spot in this category. And as Elizabeth Hughes with the university explains, that’s not the only list they made.
“And we also offer this unique thing which is the opportunity to graduate without debt. Which we were rated number one best value in the Midwest. Colleges with graduates with the least debt, we were rated number one,” said Hughes.
Stephens College in Columbia as well as Central Methodist University in Fayette were also listed in the top 50 for best colleges in the Midwest region. Public Universities are another category rated in the survey. Truman claimed the number one spot. Southeast Missouri State University was ranked 30th and Missouri State University was ranked 20th.
This annual survey, conducted by US News and World Report, uses data from schools across the United States. For top overall universities this year, they selected Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.