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U.S. News & World Report Names UWRF A Top Public University

AUG. 17, 2007--UW-River Falls has been named one of the top public master's degree-granting universities in the Midwest, according to the 2008 “America’s Best Colleges” report by U.S.News & World Report.

The national comparison of all higher education institutions was released by the news organization on Friday, Aug. 17.

This marks the third time in the past seven years that the campus was named a “Top Public University-Master’s.” UWRF has consistently been named to the Top Tier of public and private universities that grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Chancellor Don Betz said the assessment was an indication of the University’s quality. “‘America’s Best Colleges’ looks broadly across universities and colleges to evaluate what high school students will experience when they enroll at a higher education institution. The survey asks other college leaders to evaluate our reputation for quality experiences, and it measures our resources and the satisfaction of our alumni through their continuing commitment and connection to UWRF.

“How we compared to others in those criteria sends a clear message that we are an institution that values academic excellence, with a commitment to our core values of leadership development, sustainability, inclusiveness and globalization.

“We’re pleased that the report tells a story nationally that our students, faculty, staff and alumni already know: that we are an exceptional place.”

Eighteen public comprehensive universities were named to the “Top Public Universities-Master’s” list. Other University of Wisconsin System campuses chosen for that group include UW-La Crosse, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater.

A total of 145 public and private Midwestern colleges and universities were evaluated from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Criteria that were measured included peer reputation, retention and graduation rates, class sizes, student-to-faculty ratio, full-time faculty, ACT average score, high school graduation rankings of incoming freshmen, enrollment acceptance rate and alumni giving.

Rankings information is available at


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