The University of Nebraska at Kearney has moved to Tier 2 in the Midwest Universities Master’s Category in the 2004 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best College issue, released Aug. 22. A popular index for parents and prospective students, the rankings measure eleven areas of university performance.

UNK’s elevated ranking can be traced to three key areas that have been a longstanding source of pride: 1) The freshmen retention rate increased to 80% from 78% last year, 2) UNK has the second highest percentage of classroom full-time faculty in Tier 2 and, 3) a very low percentage (6%) of classes with 50 or more students. Small classes taught by full-time faculty is a UNK hallmark.

“These rankings are good indicators of the work accomplished over the last several years by faculty and administrators to provide the very best student learning environment possible. And though this ranking system may not be perfect, we know that UNK is on the right track and our students have an unsurpassed university experience,” said UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen.

Kristensen went on to say that students and parents can be confident that UNK will continue to deliver high quality programs and strive to become an even greater value. UNK students are offered unlimited opportunities for creative thinking and inspiring discoveries in UNK’s student-centered environment.