UNK maintains spot at 13th among Top Public Regional Universities

KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney is again ranked 13th in Midwest Top Public Regional Universities in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report annual Best Colleges rankings.

This position is in the Top 15 Top Public Regional universities, formerly the magazine’s Top 10.

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT LOGOAmong all regional universities (public and private) in the Midwest, UNK was ranked 54th. Last year, UNK was ranked 48th overall among all regional universities and 13th among public regional universities.

The rankings, published since 1983, are not a comprehensive indicator of quality but do provide magazine readers a glimpse into comparable data. The data includes the subjective peer assessment, and objective measures such as retention rate, graduation rates, class size and student to faculty ratio, SAT or ACT scores and class rankings of incoming freshmen, acceptance rates and alumni giving rates.

According to U.S. News and World Report, UNK scores well on a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1, with a graduation rate of 53 percent. Forty-one percent of freshmen finished high school in the top fourth of their class. Among other measures: 44 percent of UNK classes are smaller than 20 students, and only 4 percent of its classes are larger than 50 students. UNK’s peer assessment score was 2.7 out of 5.

The rankings were released Tuesday.

The rankings also include other listings on criteria such as diversity, price and student debt, focus on students and commitment to teaching. UNK made a list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students… (where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving).”

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Contact: Kelly Bartling, 308.865.8455, bartlingkh@unk.edu

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