U.S. News ranks Ozarks top tier for 12th year

Release Date: 8/17/2010

Clarksville, Ark. --- For the 12th consecutive year, University of the Ozarks has been ranked as a "top tier" university in the U.S. News & World Report's annual late summer publication that analyzes institutions of higher education.

In the 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released to the public on Aug. 17, Ozarks was ranked fifth in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices” among 96 universities in the 12-state South Region that are considered Baccalaureate Colleges. It is the 11th time in the last 12 years that Ozarks has been ranked in the top five of the best value category. The value rankings evaluate the cost of attending a college or university relative to the quality of the institution, according to the magazine’s ranking system.

In the overall rankings of the universities, Ozarks was ranked 13th among 96 universities that fall in the Baccalaureate Colleges category in the South Region. The overall rankings examine such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

“To be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top-tier campus in the Southern Region for the 12th consecutive year is a well-deserved tribute to our faculty, staff and students,” said U of O President Dr. Rick Niece. “We continue to gain status regionally and nationally. I am equally proud that Ozarks is once again rated highly in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Our high ranking validates that we provide our students with an outstanding education at a reasonable cost.”

The South Region consists of colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.

U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 1,400 accredited schools nationally in its “America’s Best Colleges” edition.