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Morris Makes US News Top-10 List 19 Years in a Row

A student in a drawing class, with the caption "Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges 19 Years in a Row"
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
September 12, 2017

U.S. News & World Report has again named the University of Minnesota, Morris one of the nation's Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the nineteenth consecutive year in which Morris has been included in the annual college ranking.

Morris was ranked #7 (tie) among Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges. It also tied for the #141 spot on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list and #118 on the High School Counselor Ratings list

Morris also made the "A-Plus Schools for B Students" list, which identifies colleges that consider individual applicants during the admissions process rather than relying solely on test scores and class standing. The campus also earned a spot on the web-exclusive "Foreign Student Factor" list, which identifies the national universities and national liberal arts colleges with the largest proportions of international undergraduates during the previous academic year.

"As one of the country's top public liberal arts colleges, Morris provides talented students from all backgrounds access to life-changing experiences," says Chancellor Michelle Behr. "This is a very special institution, and we are proud to see our work affirmed by this national ranking."

U.S. News bases its rankings on quantitative indicators of academic quality. Schools are ranked based on scores assigned to the following performance indicators:

  • Graduation and retention rates
  • Assessment of excellence
  • Faculty resources
  • Student selectivity
  • Financial resources
  • Graduation rate performance
  • Alumni giving

Additional information and a full listing of the rankings is available online at