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Campus Ascends U.S. News Rankings

September 14, 2011
In the Loop
Campus Ascends <i>U.S. News</i> Rankings

The campus has achieved its highest rank among the best public universities in the country since 2004, according to the 2012 edition of Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report. It now ranks No. 42 - up three spots - among all public national universities and is the only Massachusetts school among the top 50 publics.

Among all national universities, private and public, UMass Amherst improved five positions to No. 94.

“We are a university on the rise, and the U.S. News ranking is yet another indicator that our campus delivers excellence,” said Robert C. Holub, UMass Amherst chancellor. “Outstanding students from across the state and nation are increasingly choosing UMass Amherst and for good reason.”

Among the measures used by U.S. News for its rankings, the campus demonstrated improved marks in retention and graduation rates, graduation rate performance, and the percentage of classes with less than 20 students.