WSU Makes the Grade in National Publications

OGDEN, Utah – Two recent publications have ranked Weber State University among the best public universities in the west for 2008.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks WSU as the 16th best public master’s university in the west.

That ranking follows the Princeton Review, released earlier this summer, which listed WSU as one of the best universities in the west.

“This kind of national recognition is a testament to our academic programs and dedicated faculty at Weber State University,” said provost Michael Vaughan. “These publications recognize the quality education our students receive thanks to small class sizes, direct contact with professors and hands-on learning experiences such as undergraduate research projects, service learning and community-based research.”

When factoring in private institutions, WSU is ranked 53rd among master’s universities in the region. The report noted WSU’s student retention rate and graduation rate.

WSU is one of four Utah universities to be ranked this year. It is the only university in the U.S. News rankings that also ranked as a Top 12 producer of associate’s degrees in the nation among four-year schools.

Ivy League schools led this year’s rankings, with Harvard, Princeton and Yale claiming the top three spots. The annual rankings by U.S. News provide a tool for prospective college students to compare colleges and universities from across the country. The publication draws on surveys, peer assessments, general institutional statistics and other ratings scales to compile the rankings.

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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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Michael Vaughan, provost
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