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Bemidji State makes eighth consecutive appearance in U.S. News regional Top 100


Sept. 9, 2015 — Bemidji State University has again been named one of the 100 best colleges and universities in the Midwest region in rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.

Bemidji State is tied for 34th among public institutions in the Midwest region, and overall is tied with four other institutions for 99th among all colleges and universities in the region. It is the eighth consecutive year that BSU has made the U.S. News list of top 100 colleges in the region.

BSU was also named the region’s 77th-best college for veterans, which rates schools based on their participation in federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings categorize schools based on mission according to classifications developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, in some cases, by geography. Bemidji State is listed as a regional university in the Midwest region; regional universities offer a full range of undergrad programs with some master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.

The Midwest region includes institutions in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Ranking methodology

The U.S. News ranking system scores colleges and universities in seven weighted categories: graduation and retention rates; assessment by peers; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving. Each category plays a different role in the overall score; for example, 45 percent of an institution’s final score is based on its graduation and retention rates and its peer and counselor assessment scores (22.5 percent each), while a school’s percentage of alumni donors accounts for five percent of the overall score. A complete explanation of U.S. News’ ranking methodology can be found on its website.

U.S. News & World Report began publishing college rankings in 1983. America’s Best Colleges 2016 is online today, and the print version will be available on newsstands later this month.


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