Delta State ranks among best colleges

Delta State University earned the # 63 spot among regional universities in the South in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.
The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

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“In my initial address as president, I called upon Delta State to become the best regional university in America,” said Delta State University President John M. Hilpert. “This ranking proves that we are making great strides toward attaining that goal and recognizes the tireless efforts of every member of the Delta State family.”
The 2011 Best Colleges feature the established rankings of the Best National Universities and Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, while also including rankings of A+ Schools for B Students, Great Schools at Great Prices, and Up-and-Coming Schools, among others.
The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art
Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation.
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