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University of Minnesota, Morris Named to New List of Nation’s Top Public Colleges

The Morris campus on a sunny day
Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
April 4, 2017
“The University of Minnesota, Morris has long been known for offering offering talented students of all backgrounds an accessible and outstanding academic experience. This national recognition affirms that reputation.”— Chancellor Michelle Behr

The University of Minnesota, Morris has been included on a new list of America's 100 best public colleges and universities, according to a national report issued Tuesday morning. The study by Business First ranks Morris second in the state and 89th in the country, based on 22 indicators of academic excellence, affordability, diversity, and economic strength.

"The University of Minnesota, Morris has long been known for offering talented students of all backgrounds an accessible and outstanding academic experience," says Chancellor Michelle Behr. "This national recognition affirms that reputation."

Business First's study is based on a wide array of the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. A 22-part formula pinpoints the 499 public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

About Business First

Business First is a Buffalo-based publication owned by American City Business Journals Inc. ACBJ, the nation's largest publisher of local business news and information, is headquartered in Charlotte.