Take notice: West Virginia University is making leaps in its standing among the best public higher education institutions in the country.
Guided by the ambitious 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future, WVU soared in this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, released last week. The report ranked WVU No. 89 among ‘Top Public Schools’ up eight spots from No. 97 last year and ahead of universities such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Bowling Green, University of South Florida and Ball State.
Overall, WVU rose 12 spots to No. 164 in the report’s “Best National Universities.” U.S. News & World Report evaluated 1,600 schools for its rankings. This puts WVU in the top 10 percent of schools in the country. Last year, WVU was ranked No. 176.
U.S. News & World Report compiles its rankings every year based on a variety of factors, including graduation rates, freshmen retention, faculty salaries, alumni contributions, and acceptance rates. Predicted and actual graduation rates are up 1 percent this year, according to the report, and alumni giving increased 4 percent.
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