Murray ranked 8th public university in the South

For 23 straight years Murray State University (MSU) has been recognized by U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges as one of the top schools in the country. The 2014 rankings have just been released and list Murray State at eighth place among the top public regional universities in the South.

Murray has consistently been the top-ranked public regional university in Kentucky in the Regional Universities-South category, which contains both private and public schools, and is the only public Kentucky university to make the top 25 this year.

MSU’s overall scoring shows it to be the 14th top public regional university in the nation.

“Once again, these well-respected rankings from U.S.News & World Report highlight the excellence and value of an education at Murray State University,” said Dr. Tim Miller, interim president of MSU. “The fact that Murray State has been recognized by U.S.News as one of its ‘Best Colleges’ for 23 consecutive years is an affirmation of the continued quality the university offers its students. National rankings such as these, year after year, clearly demonstrate the commitment at this university to providing an education that brings a top-notch return on investment to graduates. At Murray State, we are proud of the outstanding faculty, staff and students who make these rankings possible.”

U.S.News Best Colleges examines accredited four-year schools in a comparison of accepted indicators in seven key areas — graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

“The U.S.News ranking system rests on two pillars,” said Robert J. Morse and Samuel Flanigan of U.S.News Best Colleges. “The formula uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it’s based on our researched view of what matters in education.”


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