The University of Nebraska at Kearney is ranked the ninth best public regional university in the Midwest.
This is the third consecutive year the "U.S. News & World Report" has ranked UNK as one of the Top 10 schools in the Midwest. The ranking was expanded to the top 15 for this year.
"The three-year continuation of UNK's position as a Top 10 university confirms what our students recognize," said UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen. "A UNK education is highly valuable, and increasingly acknowledged as such across Nebraska, the region and, in fact, the world."
The "U.S. News & World Report" rankings are determined from 11 performance indicators. One such indicator is peer assessment, on which UNK experienced significant upward movement.
Dr. Charles Bicak, senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, said he believes higher peer assessments reflect a growing positive awareness of UNK in the region.
"UNK continues to measure better than the average of its peer universities in most categories," Dr. Bicak said. "It is strong validation of the commitment of faculty and staff to our student-centered mission that has led to this success."
The university's rankings on other indicators remained consistent: freshman retention rate (80 percent), average graduation rate (59 percent), student/faculty ratio (16/1), faculty who are full-time (89 percent), SAT/ACT percentile (20-25), acceptance rate (86 percent) and average alumni giving rate (8 percent).
"The 11 indicators used in the rankings encompass factors related to recruiting, retention, academics and alumni giving," said Kristensen. "The ranking is a testament to the fact that the university–including members of the faculty, staff, administration, the Kearney community and our alumni–are fully engaged and committed to the success of our students and institution."
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