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September 9, 2013

U.S. News again ranks EKU in top tier of southern regional universities

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University again ranks in the top tier of Regional Universities in the South in the 2014 edition of “Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News & World Report.

EKU ranks 55th among 95 universities in the top tier, up from 61st a year ago. This is the fourth consecutive year that Eastern has placed in the top tier.

The 2014 edition of the Best Colleges will be on newsstands Sept. 10. For a full list of the rankings, visit www.us news.com/colleges.

“We are pleased with EKU’s advancement in these rankings as they recognize progress the University has made on several fronts,” Eastern President Michael Benson said. “In addition to being a great educational value, EKU strives to deliver on its promise to focus on the individual while creating a welcoming environment for each and every student. Our faculty and staff are the ones who make the university such a great place and I thank them for their hard work in securing this national recognition.”

The 2014 Best Colleges package compares more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, class size, student-faculty ratio, and alumni giving.

For the sixth consecutive year, EKU also ranks among “America’s Best Colleges,” published by Forbes magazine.

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