The Morehead News
Sept. 14, 2012 — Morehead State University has been recognized for the ninth consecutive year as one of the top public universities in the South in the 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report.
"We are very pleased to be recognized again this year as one of the outstanding regional public universities by this widely-popular college guide," said MSU President Wayne D. Andrews. “We have experienced record enrollment this year. Our campus remains one of the safest in the region and we continue to improve the quality of life for our students.”
The newest rankings include MSU as 23rd in the Top Public University-Master’s/South division.
“Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to making Morehead State the best public regional university in the South, all for the benefit of our students and their families,” Dr. Andrews said.
The rankings place emphasis on acceptance rates, graduation rates, admissions selectivity, and small class sizes. MSU has consistently been recognized for relatively small classes and a high percentage of full-time faculty members, which are two important factors of student success.
The rankings include public and private institutions which grant bachelor's and master's degrees in 12 states of the South, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Initially, MSU appeared in the magazine’s top tier of ranked institutions in the 2005 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” The rankings are based on research of more than 1,400 institutions nationally.
“Our students are accepted into professional schools, including medical, dental and pharmacy programs, at rates well above state and national averages. This is one indicator of the high-quality education that students receive at MSU. All of our 2011 graduates that applied to law school were accepted,” Dr. Andrews noted. “We are elated that others recognize Morehead State’s academic quality.”
At MSU, students can choose between various programs in the arts, education, business, and the sciences, including the space science program, one of only five in the nation.
The rankings will be published in the magazine’s September issue. The 2013 America’s Best College’s guidebook will be available later this month.
MSU was founded in 1887 as a private college, became a public institution in 1922, and gained university status in 1966.