U.S. News ranks Emporia State in Top 100 of Midwest Regional Universities

September 12, 2012

Emporia State University remains a Top 100 Regional University in the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges,” which was released today by U.S. News & World Report. As a Top 100 university, Emporia State continues Tier 1 status.

A total of 112 schools made the Tier 1 rankings — or top 75 percent — for Midwest Regional Universities. Of those, Emporia State was ranked 97.

“We are pleased to be a Top 100 university and appreciate the past leadership who have helped us move from 98 to 97,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State. “We know these rankings are something that prospective students and parents look to when choosing a university.”

U.S. News defines Regional Universities as institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. Emporia State offers one Ph.D. program in the School of Library and Information Management.

The Midwest Regional Universities rankings included 149 public, private and proprietary schools in 12 states — Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Of those 149 Midwest Regional Universities, 54 are public schools. Emporia State ranked No. 35 of the 54 public institutions.

The rankings came from a variety of statistical information looking as far back as the 2002-03 school year and as recently as the 2011-12 academic year that was collected during spring and summer 2012. The information is weighted into categories that then are calculated into a final score. The categories for Regional Universities are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

“We continue to move forward,” Shonrock said, noting that recent innovations as well as future plans will impact data in years to come.

“We have great aspirations to be ranked higher in the future,” Shonrock said.

The full rankings are available at www.USNews.com.

About Emporia State University

Founded in 1863 as Kansas State Normal — the state’s premier institution to educate teachers — Emporia State University offers 42 undergraduate and 27 graduate degrees in the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management and The Teachers College.

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