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'U.S. News & World Report': Ohio University places among top half of national universities

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 18, 2006) -- For the second time this week, Ohio University was recognized for its high quality by a national magazine. In its annual "America's Best Colleges" edition, U.S. News & World Report ranks Ohio University in the upper half of 248 national universities, tied at 110 with Florida State University. 

U.S. News ranks Ohio University 9th among the 248 national universities for graduation rate performance. The success is consistent with the rankings in previous years of 14th, 15th and 7th.

Among national public universities, Ohio University was ranked 52nd. Among the 10 Ohio public universities on the list, U.S. News ranks Ohio University third, behind Ohio State University and Miami University.

Earlier this week, Washington Monthly ranked Ohio University 40th out of 245 public and private schools in the magazine's second annual college guide.

"It is nice to receive this national recognition for the high-quality educational experience that Ohio University provides," said Mike Williford, associate provost for institutional research and enrollment planning. "However, we have to be careful when interpreting rankings and pay attention to the measures they use."

"The U.S. News rankings focus more on input variables, such as admissions statistics in which we perform satisfactorily, but they also include value-added measures such as graduation rates, in which we excel. In the value-added measures in U.S. News, Ohio University has consistently been in the top 15 nationally. The Washington Monthly rankings measure the positive impact a university makes, and again, we were ranked highly by them -- 40th nationally."

The best measures of Ohio University's continued strength and growth will be seen this fall when the university plans to welcome a diverse and well-qualified freshman class, on par with last year's approximately 4,100 students. The average ACT score of incoming freshmen is up 23.5, up 0.3 points from last year. 

To see U.S. News & World Report's complete rankings, go to www.usnews.com. To see Washington Monthly's complete rankings, go to www.washingtonmonthly.com

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