EMPORIA STATE -- Emporia State University has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 regional universities in the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” by U. S. News Media Group. As a Tier 1 university, ESU was ranked 84th in the nation and 29th in the Midwest region. Along with Kansas, the Midwest region includes Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The ranking reflects a number of criteria important to prospective college students. Among key factors weighed in determining the rankings are academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and high school counselor ratings of colleges and universities.
“It is gratifying to see that the outstanding efforts of our faculty members and staff members to offer an excellent education to our students are recognized through the rankings,” said Dr. Michael R. Lane, ESU president. “Our position in the region and the nation reflect the quality education a student can receive at ESU,” Lane concluded.
The rankings will be published in the September issue of U. S. News & World Report, and are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.
About Emporia State University: Since 1863, Emporia State University has prepared teachers in nationally acclaimed teacher education programs. In a 2010 speech given by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Teachers College, Columbia University, Emporia State University’s teacher education program was cited as an example of how to “create great teachers.” For the last 40 years, outstanding and highly accredited programs in Business, Library and Information Management, and Liberal Arts and Sciences have prepared our students to take their place in a competitive and increasingly global society.